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Skin Cancer Prevention

Research Projects


 

The Colorado Kids Sun Care Program

The Colorado Kids Sun Care Program is a program funded by the NIH and the National Cancer Institute to study the development and natural history of moles in a cohort of 1100 children born in 1998 in Colorado and to test the effectiveness of a tailored newsletter sun protection intervention for parents of these children. The newsletter intervention is based on the Precaution Adoption Process Model and addresses perceived risk of skin cancer and  barriers to sun protection behaviors.

For more information, please contact:

Lori Crane, PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado Denver
13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box B-119
Aurora, CO 80045
303.724.4385 (phone)
303.724.4476 (fax)
Lori.Crane@ucdenver.edu

Jenny Aalborg, MPH
Project Coordinator
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado Denver
13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box B-119
Aurora, CO 80045
303.724.4393 (phone)
303.724.4476 (fax)
Jenny.Aalborg@ucdenver.edu

 

Sun Safe Colorado

Sun Safe Colorado for Preschools and Childcare Centers

Sun Safe Colorado for Preschools and Child Care Centers provides sun protection trainings and materials to child care centers and preschools, parents and children ages 2 months to 5 years across the state of Colorado.  The project includes a mini-grants program to increase shaded play areas at centers and distributes $40,000 per year in grants.  The program is based on a study conducted by Colorado researchers (Crane et al, 1999).  Sun Safe Colorado for Preschools and Child Care Centers is funded by the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Program (CCPD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  

For more information, please contact: 

Lori Crane PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado Denver
13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box B-119
Aurora, CO 80045
303.724.4385 (phone)
303.724.4476 (fax)
Lori.Crane@ucdenver.edu

Vicky Koehler, MPH
Program Coordinator
Colorado School of PUblic Health
University of Colorado Denver
13001 E. 17th Place
Campus Box B-119
Aurora, CO 80045
303.724.4394 (phone)
303.724.4476 (fax)
Vicky.Koehler@ucdenver.edu

 

Sun Safe ColoradoSun Safe Colorado Clinics

Sun Safe Colorado for Clinics includes two skin cancer prevention components.  The pediatric component provides health care practitioners education for the delivery of sun protection advice during well-child visits for children ages 2 months to 36 months and sun protection information and resources for parents.  The adult component provides health care practitioners training in early detection and triage of skin lesions, as well as patient information on Total Skin Self-Exam (TSSE), including a 14 minute DVD which demonstrates proper skin self-exam procedures.  These components are based on studies conducted in Colorado and Rhode Island (Crane et al, 2006 and Weinstock et al, 2004).  Sun Safe Colorado for Clinics is funded by the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Program (CCPD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

For more information, please contact:

Lori Crane PhD, MPH
Principal Investigator
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado Denver
13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box B-119
Aurora, CO 80045
303.724.4385 (phone)
303.724.4476 (fax)
Lori.Crane@ucdenver.edu

Jenny Aalborg, MPH
Program Coordinator
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado Denver
13001 East 17th Place
Campus Box B-119
Aurora, CO 80045
303.724.4393 (phone)
303.724.4476 (fax)
Jenny.Aalborg@ucdenver.edu

References:

Crane LA, Deas A, Mokrohisky ST, Ehrsam G, Jones RH, Dellavalle R, Byers TE, Morelli J. A randomized intervention study of sun protection promotion in well-child care. Prev Med 2006; 42(3):162-70.

Crane LA, Schneider LS, Yohn JJ, Morelli JG, Plomer KD.  "Block the sun, not the fun": evaluation of a skin cancer prevention program for child care centers. Am J Prev Med 1999;17(1):31-7.

Weinstock MA, Risica PM, Martin RA et al., Reliability of assessment and circumstances of performance of thorough skin self-examination for the early detection of melanoma in the Check-It-Out Project. Prev Med 2004;38:761–765.

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