The Melanoma Risk Assessment Tool was developed for use by health professionals to estimate a patient's absolute risk of developing invasive melanoma. Absolute risk is the likelihood that a person will develop a specific type of cancer over a certain period of time, in this case 5 years.
Although an individual's risk may be accurately estimated, these predictions cannot precisely determine who will develop melanoma. If you are not a health professional, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your results and personal risk of melanoma with your doctor.
The Melanoma Risk Assessment Tool was developed using data from a large case-control study in the United States. Risks are estimated for non-Hispanic whites only between 20 and 70 years of age. Data for other races/ethnicities are too limited to accurately estimate risk.
Patients who have had one of the following diagnoses should be in screening and surveillance for melanoma and should not use this tool to estimate their risk:
- Non-melanoma skin cancer
- Family history of melanoma