Journal article

Risk attitudes and sun protection behaviour: Can behaviour be altered by using a melanoma genomic risk intervention?

Rachael L Morton, Rebecca Asher, Edward Peyton, Tran Anh, Amelia K Smit, Phyllis N Butow, Michael G Kimlin, Suzanne J Dobbinson, Sarah Wordsworth, Louise Keogh, Anne E Cust

Cancer Epidemiology | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight is directly associated with melanoma skin cancer, however reducing sun-exposure can be difficult to achieve at a population level. METHODS: Using a genomic risk information behaviour change trial for melanoma prevention, we classified participants as risk-seeking, risk-neutral or risk-averse for domain-specific risk taking (DOSPERT). One-way ANOVA determined the association between socio-demographic characteristics and risk-taking score, and multivariable linear regression ascertained impact of an individual's underlying risk propensity on an objective measure of sun-exposure, standard erythemal dose (SED), at 3-months follow-up. RE..

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Awarded by NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)

Awarded by Cancer Institute NSW

Funding Acknowledgements

This study received funding from Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre and The University of Sydney Cancer Strategic Priority Area for Research Collaboration (SPARC) Implementation Scheme. RL Morton was supported by a NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship (1054216). AK Smit received a Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship and a Merit Top Up Scholarship from the University of Sydney, and a Top Up Scholar Award from the Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre. MG Kimlin is supported through a Cancer Council Queensland Professorial Chair in Cancer Prevention. AE Cust received Career Development Fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC; 1147843) and Cancer Institute NSW (15/CDF/1-14).