Is it possible for 16 simple questions to help save your life? Yes, it really is.

QIMR Berghofer has released an online test that helps to identify whether you are at a high risk of developing melanoma within the next 3 and a half years.

This is significant because melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer. According to the World Health Organisation over 132,000 cases of melanoma are diagnosed every year. Time is crucial with melanoma because in its early stages it is almost always survivable. But as it develops, it becomes more difficult to treat.

So time is an important factor in combating melanoma, but in modern life time can be in short supply. It is unlikely that you will notice a new mole as soon as it starts to develop on your body. Or an old mole as it starts to change. Once you do notice, it can take weeks or even months to remember to see a doctor about it. That is exactly why an instant online test is so valuable.

By studying the skin of over 40,000 people, the team at QIMR Berghofer were able to identify the key predictors of melanoma. They converted this knowledge into a fast, accurate and easy to use online quiz. Taking the quiz can help to establish your risk of developing melanoma within the next 3 and a half years.

A quiz may not take the place of regular skin check-ups, but it can help you find out how at risk you really are. As they say, being forewarned is being forearmed. Knowing you are in a high risk group can help motivate you to actually make that appointment to see a doctor. And with melanoma that extra time may be critical.

Do yourself a favour, take the quiz. 16 questions, 60 seconds. It might just help to save your life: QIMR Berhofer Online Test