Previous research suggests that while some melanoma survivors change how much time they spend in the sun and adopt ways to protect themselves when in the sun, many survivors do not. In our previous study, we found that 20% of melanoma survivors reported a sunburn in the past year and 10% intentionally went outside for a tan, both strong indicators of inappropriate sun exposure. Read more about our previous study here. Melanoma survivors are at high risk of second melanomas, making it critical that they spend less time in the sun and take actions to protect themselves when they are in the sun.
The MELD (Melanoma – Exposures, Life after Diagnosis) study extends this work by testing the effectiveness of an intervention to promote healthy behaviors in melanoma survivors. This study is funded by the Melanoma Research Alliance through The Wayne Stinchcomb Big Orange Foundation-MRA Young Investigator Award and the American Cancer Society through Research Scholar Award to Dr. Vogel.