Mole counting pilot for UK Biobank

Moles correct size chart, showing various different mole types


The strongest heritable risk factor for melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) is the number of moles on a person's body. Improved understanding of moles would help us to understand how melanoma develops, as well as to better predict who is most at risk. However, the genetics underlying why people develop moles is poorly understood.

Dr Mark Iles, in the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds, has developed a mole-counting questionnaire in partnership with UK Biobank to be used on the 500,000 participants in their study. He is seeking volunteers aged 55 and over to pilot the online mole-counting questionnaire to ensure it is clear and easy to complete. It should take no more than 10-15 minutes, will involve removing some clothing and may involve someone else counting moles for you. More information and the questionnaire can be found at: http://XXX

The results of the pilot study will be published here so please return in a few weeks!