Who is conducting the study?
The National Cancer Institute sponsors this study, which is conducted by the University of Arizona Cancer Center. An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in research.
What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of a sample repository or “Tissue Bank” is to create a source of information to be used by doctors and researchers to better understand the causes of skin cancer. The materials collected will describe both the individual with the skin cancer, and the characteristics of the skin cancer itself. By studying personal histories, medical records, blood, and tissues from thousands of participants, we hope to find better ways to detect, treat, and prevent skin cancer.
How long is the study?
Most study participants will be asked to come in for 2 visits.
Who is eligible for the study?
Men and women, ages 18-80, who have a history of actinic keratosis or “pre-cancers” of the skin.
What is required during the study?
Study participants are asked to provide information about their medical history and risk factors for skin cancer. Small amounts of blood and skin samples will also be taken.