Bright Project

BRIGHT Project

What is the BRIGHT project?gardener

The Behavior, Risk Information, Genealogy, and Health Trial (BRIGHT) is a research project focused on people from families with a history of melanoma. The purpose of this project is to increase awareness, knowledge, and prevention behavior in close relatives of people diagnosed with melanoma. We would like to learn more about attitudes toward cancer and provide families with information on ways to prevent melanoma and to detect the disease in early, curable stages. The long-range goal of this project is to find ways to prevent cancer and reduce cancer deaths.

How can I help?

Volunteers like you are vital to the success of this project. There are two ways to be involved: participating yourself or referring eligible family members.

  1. You may qualify for this project if the following are true:
    • You have never been diagnosed with melanoma, but have a family member who has been diagnosed.
    • You are between 16 and 70 years old.
  2. If you have been diagnosed with melanoma or are not eligible for another reason, you can identify eligible family members. We will ask you to complete a form with their contact information.

What will I be asked to do?

Family members who are eligible and would like to participate will be asked to do the following:

  • Complete questionnaires this summer and next summer
  • Wear a wristwatch-like device to measure sun exposure
  • Travel to University of Utah Hospital a total of four times

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How will this project benefit me and my family?

The findings from this project may help us improve melanoma prevention efforts and save lives. People who participate in the project will receive the following:

  • Free, personalized risk assessment
  • Information about preventing melanoma or finding it early, when it is easy to treat
  • Professional total-body skin examination free of charge, plus coupons for two additional free exams
  • Financial compensation

Will my privacy be protected?

We gather and protect all information according to federal laws. We will not share your personal information with anyone outside this project without your permission.

Where do I get more information?

If you have questions or would like to find out more about the BRIGHT project, please call Christopher Moss toll free at 1-866-378-4840.

This project is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. It is conducted at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. The University of Utah’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), which ensures research is safe and ethical, has approved this project. However, the IRB has not reviewed all material posted on this website. Contact the IRB with questions regarding research participant rights or any other concerns: 801-581-3655 or email irb@hsc.utah.edu.