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What is the RISE-UP Study?

The Risk Information and Skin-Cancer Education in Undergraduate Prevention (RISE-UP) Study focuses on college students' sun protection behaviors (such as sunscreen use and wearing protective clothing) and their tanning behaviors. The goal of the study is to look into different ways of improving college students' use of sun protection and their tanning behaviors in order to decrease their skin cancer risk.

Who can participate in the study?

  • Undergraduate students (full- or part-time) enrolled at the University of Utah. Must have no personal history of skin cancer. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and confidential. You can stop participating at any time.

Why should I take part?

  • Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or other sources can burn and damage skin, leading to skin cancer. The RISE-UP study will help you learn about skin cancer and how to protect yourself.
  • Your involvement can make a difference for future skin cancer prevention efforts among college students.

If I participate, what will I be asked to do?

  • You will need to attend two in-person study visits at the University of Utah main campus. These visits will be four weeks apart.
  • You will receive information about skin cancer and how to prevent it.
  • You will need to complete several surveys and questionnaires.

Will I receive compensation?

There is no cost to be in this study. If you complete the steps in the study, you will receive compensation to thank you for your time. If you are in selected University of Utah courses, you will receive a predetermined amount of extra credit for that course to thank you for completing the study.

How do I participate?

If you are interested in participating or would like more information about the RISE-UP study, please contact us:

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