Melanoma incidence in Australia continues to increase, affecting more than 13,000 Australians every year. And Queensland has the highest melanoma incidence and associated mortality rates in Australia.
With recent identification of additional high-risk melanoma genes, the QGHA Melanoma Project will identify genetic high-risk patients by determining if they carry known melanoma-risk genes. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly increase melanoma survival rates, and reduce health system costs.
A Genomics Approach for Screening of Patients at High Risk of Melanoma is a collaborative project led by Professor Peter Soyer, and involving clinicians and researchers from PA Hospital, UQ, QUT and QIMRB.
The melanoma research project will focus on the use of genomics in the prevention and early detection of melanoma. In conjunction with 3D total body photography of moles and birthmarks, the project will undertake genomic testing for people at high risk of melanoma which will determine the effectiveness of genomics to enable prevention and earlier detection.
This research will then be integrated into education for current and future clinicians to embed into clinical practice.
QGHA’s Melanoma Project has the potential to increase melanoma survival rates, and cut healthcare costs, by enabling early detection of new melanoma on genetic high-risk patients.