Melanoma Risk Assessment Calculator - NCI

Personalized Risk of Developing Melanoma Cancer

  • Although a patient's risk may be accurately estimated, these predictions do not allow one to say precisely which patient will develop melanoma.
  • Some patients who do not develop melanoma have higher risk estimates than those who do develop the disease.
  • As a reminder, this tool was designed for use by health professionals. If you are not a health professional, you are encouraged to print these results and discuss them with your provider.
  • The tool uses the answers provided to estimate 5-year absolute risk of developing melanoma. This includes the patient's personal medical history, risk factor information, and an examination of the skin on the patient's back and shoulders.
  • Patients can reduce their risk for melanoma by engaging in sun-protective behaviors, such as seeking shade, avoiding sun during peak hours (10AM ‐ 2PM), wearing a wide-brimmed hat and covering up exposed skin, and using sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Patient's 5-Year Absolute Risk of Developing Melanoma

Your Answers

These results are based upon how you answered the following questions:

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This tool calculates risk for patients between 20 and 70 years of age.

The model on which this tool is based is valid only for residents of the continental United States. This map is only a guide.

This tool uses gender-specific risk models; different male patients are asked about history of blistering sunburn and evidence of solar damage; female patients are asked about how their skin responds to sun exposure.

Skin Characteristics

Physical Exam