Core study of the Centre of Research Excellence for Naevi
Queenslanders get a lot of sun: how does this relate to moles on our skin?
Living in the Sunshine State puts us at higher than average risk of skin cancer. The most lethal form of skin cancer is melanoma, causing more than 1500 preventable deaths a year. Fortunately, if detected early we can successfully treat it. Being aware of your skin and noticing changes in moles (also known as naevi) is the key to being treated early. Researchers from a number of different organisations have come together to increase skin awareness and study changes in skin moles over time. This study hopes to find evidence to detect skin cancer even earlier and use technology to make it easier to check your skin.
To be able to answer these questions for as many people possible, we need to study a random selection of Queensland inhabitants. We have therefore randomly selected people from the State Electoral Roll and asked them to participate. For those who received an invitation to participate, we hope that you will be willing to help us in our endeavours, even if you only have a few moles.
This study will comprise a 6-monthly full-body skin examination over the next 3 years, and completion of a questionnaire about your usual sun behaviour during the first visit.
If you received an invitation by mail and are willing to take part in the study, please return the reply-paid form that is part of the brochure; OR send us an SMS (0402 997 145) OR send us an email. We will then contact you via telephone within the next few weeks to explain the study further. If you confirm your wish to participate, we will then mail out information on the study and a consent form and book an appointment for your skin exam and to collect further information from you.
If you have not been sent an invitation to participate, you are unfortunately not able to take part in this particular study. However, there might be other studies in future that you could participate in. If you would like to have your name added to a volunteer list, please send us an email.