Naevus Surveillance using Total Body Photography and Dermoscopy
In collaboration with Associate Professor B Smithers (PAH Melanoma Unit) and Professor Adele Green (QIMR Berghofer)
Aim of the study: To fully characterise the elements and timing of morphological changes associated with the metamorphosis from naevus to melanoma, and identify characteristics associated with the normal life cycle of a naevus.
Description: Full body photography with individual dermoscopic naevus images will be recorded and the morphology classified and described. The patients will be followed up twice a year for 3 years with re-imaging of all naevi and any dermoscopic changes arising documented at each appointment.
Status: Recruitment for this longitudinal study has completed with 62 individuals participating. Analysis of the data is still in progress. There are plans to conduct a similar naevi survelliance study in advanced melanoma patients.