Whole-body skin checks backed for high-risk people

Whole-body skin checks for melanoma have been backed by Australian research showing that high-risk people develop cancers at a younger age and in areas covered by clothing.

A study of almost 3000 NSW patients with melanoma found that around 40% had been at high risk of the cancer because of having many naevi, a family history of melanoma or had already had a melanoma.

People with multiple naevi developed melanoma at a mean age of 59 years and those with a family history were diagnosed at 56 years on average, compared with those at low risk, where the average age of diagnosis was