Trial of Educational Modification Sessions and Sunless Tanner AS A Method of Reducing the Incidence of Tanning Bed Use in Young Adults


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  • Study IDs

  • Describes the nature of a clinical study. Types include:

    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 15-004714
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 15-004714

About this study

This phase II four armed factorial randomized clinical trial will look at tanning bed use reduction in the setting of skin cancer directed educational sessions in young adults with frequent tanning bed use. It is hoped that the experimental treatment of education sun safety sessions and free sunless tanner samples will be successful in decreasing the mean frequency of tanning bed use.  In addition to tanning bed use reduction, this trial will also determine tanning bed use abstinence and compare the frequent application of sun screen in addition to other healthy habits among participants.


Participation eligibility

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Young adults between the ages of 18 and 40 years old who have screened positive as a frequent tanning bed user on a pre-study questionnaire. 
  • Frequent tanning bed use will be defined as attending a commercial tanning bed facility at least 1 time within the previous 2 years. 

Exclusion Criteria:

Young adults will be excluded from the study if any of the following criteria are met:

  1. A personal prior history of melanoma
  2. A personal prior history of basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma
  3. Currently seeing a dermatologist with at least one visit within the last 12 months
  4. Skin condition necessitating light therapy (i.e. psoriasis)


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

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Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Jerry Brewer, M.D., M.S.

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