Scientists developed an interactive tool that calculates your risk of the most deadly form of .

Users have to answer just 14 questions to determine the likelihood of having to battle melanoma in the next three-and-a-half years.

Australian researchers have created the quiz to try and boost early detection of melanoma.

If it isn’t spotted, it can spread quickly and prove fatal.

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK. Figures suggest it kills nearly 2,500 people across the home nations each year.

The ‘interesting’ tool, published online this morning, uses data from nearly 42,000 adults to calculate someone’s risk of melanoma.

Developed by experts at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, it asks about where someone lives, their age and gender.

Adults over the age of 40 are also asked about how easily they tan, if they have many moles and about their family history of melanoma.

Those seeing their risk are also quizzed about how many times in the past three years they have had their skin checked by a doctor.

Five possible answers are colour-coded, from pale yellow signalling ‘very much below average’, to a dark red highlighting the opposite.

The overall risk is then compared to someone of the same gender in the same age bracket. However, it is only a prediction.

Dr Juber Hafiji, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, welcomed the publication of the melanoma tool.

He told MailOnline: ‘There are many different algorithms and new technologies that are available which help predict the likelihood of developing melanoma.

‘This is yet another interesting tool that may help people to predict an individual’s risk of developing melanoma but should be treated with caution.’

Dr Hafiji added: ‘Tools like these should never be used as a substitute for advice from a consultant dermatologist or a doctor.’

Professor David Whiteman, who created the tool, said: ‘It’s up to individuals to talk to their doctors about whether they need regular skin checks.

‘This online risk predictor will help identify those people with the highest likelihood of developing melanoma so that they and their doctors can decide how to best manage their risk.’

Incidence rates of melanoma have more than doubled since the 1990s, as more Britons have taken to going on sunshine holidays abroad.

Experts estimate that by 2035, rates will rise by seven per cent to make melanoma one of the major forms of cancer.

There were 15,900 new diagnoses of melanoma skin cancer in 2015 in the UK. The figure is closer to the 95,000 mark in the US.

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