A Tailored Internet Intervention to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors Among Young Adults
Skin Neoplasms
Conditions: official terms
Skin Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
prevention or control
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention
Name: UV4me Type: Behavioral
Name: Skin Cancer Foundation website Type: Behavioral
Overall Status
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US, with over a million new cases diagnosed yearly. Young adults are increasingly at risk of melanoma. Contributing to the increasing skin cancer risk is the fact that US adolescents have the lowest skin protection rates of all age groups and also demonstrate increased exposure to natural and artificial UV radiation. Innovative interventions are needed to have an impact on skin cancer risk among young people. Unlike previous interventions, our skin cancer risk reduction intervention will be tailored (or personalized) to each individual participant and delivered via the Internet. The intervention will emphasize appearance concerns, which are known to be the primary motivation for UV exposure and lack of skin protection among young adults. This will be accomplished in part through the use of personalized facial images showing UV damage as well as computerized age progression demonstrations.

Primary Aim 1. To examine the efficacy of a tailored intervention delivered via the Internet designed to increase skin protection and decrease sun exposure behavior among young adults at moderate to high risk of developing skin cancer. Participants will be randomized to the tailored intervention, the Skin Cancer Foundation website, or an assessment only condition.

Aim 2. To evaluate whether sociodemographic variables (sex, race/ethnicity, skin type, family history of skin cancer), appearance consciousness, and past exposure and protective behaviors moderate intervention effects.

Aim 3. To evaluate whether Integrative Model constructs (UV-related knowledge, risk perception, beliefs, norms, self-efficacy, and intentions) mediate intervention effects.

The goals of future research would be to enhance the tailored intervention, for example, by adding additional contacts or Internet technologies or features, disseminate the intervention, assess the longevity of effects, and/or adapt the tailored intervention for use with other cancer risk behaviors or at risk groups.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Maximum Age: 25 Years
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Age 18-25 years old

- Moderate to high risk of skin cancer (cut-off of >=27 on the Brief Skin Cancer Risk Assessment Tool)

Exclusion Criteria:

- History of skin cancer
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Carolyn Heckman, Ph.D - 215-294-3962 - carolyn.heckman@fccc.edu
Start Date
March 2011
Completion Date
August 2014
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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