Stamping out melanoma

Edith Cowan University School of Medical Science Professor Mel Ziman.
Edith Cowan University School of Medical Science Professor Mel Ziman.

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 p.|zaenker@ecu.edu.au.