Used with visual scans, the highly sensitive blood test for melanoma could reduce the need for invasive skin biopsies.
The researchers are now calling on those recently diagnosed with a melanoma, as well as healthy volunteers, such as friends and family of melanoma patients, to take part in the study to help make the test a reality.
The study is an extension of a preliminary investigation performed in 2012 by ECU School of Medical Sciences Professor Mel Ziman.
It involved 40 people and identified eight blood biomarkers that indicate the presence of a melanoma tumour at very early stages.
The National Health and Medical Research Development grant will now allow researchers to conduct an expanded study involving 300 people.
To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.