Conversations KatieTreend 052018

Friday, May 18th


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Welcome to conversations and host Gregor thanks for the sometime of those who this weekend joining me this segment is Katie trend. Comprehensive cancer control coordinator for the Washington state department of health says what a mouthful I didn't pay. So poll that I'm just people it's coming to cancer girl it is really sad and a little bit of a downer but ultimately turn smiley guy gag and try to be. A beaten positive about it. Join us as we look at the issues that affect us here at home and in our community and really across the globe. Out of nowhere here in the Seattle area we had a series of some pretty amazing sunny days. Plus we scrambling to final but it could've sunglasses turns up we give more in the move. On top of that we've been hiding our skin from the elements for months. When suddenly. We're subjecting it to the photons hitting us from the sun. And that can be dangerous. Katie is here to help us understand the consequences. And more importantly how to stay safe. Plus a huge effect this coming up don't fry day. Is of course coming up this Friday he'll have a chance to learn more about it take care of yourself and maybe go to the zoo with a non Somalis and domination that Cheney it's a pleasure. 12 separate telling us about you what to roll call you've been doing it your background that got you here please. Yeah yeah absolutely so I am I actually just started in this position last year and basically what I am. In relationship to the public health world is geek liaison for everything cancer here in the state of Washington so when the CDC. Comes out with sound. Initiatives or plans or what have you tried to combat cancer. Then all the state coordinators come together and say how can we take this back to our states and do something with fat and and that's where I come in I get EU I get the Fred Hutchinson cancer institute I get every one. Across the state involved to try and work on cancer initiatives and this month specifically we're focusing on skin cancer awareness. Because. Unsurprisingly. Here in Washington State when we get those nice sunny weather days like you're talking about. We have some serious issues with skin cancer and that actually is the surprising part we are in the top 104 states in terms of skin cancer. And I melanoma specifically and it is the most common skin cancer in the United States so. Being that is it may. Being here to see it worry are the top ten it's really some and then we need to take a look at and get real about I'm in terms of its own safety. It's amazing that we have such agree. Cancer research community here what does that look wolf they end up playing within the agenda of the CDC definitely so the actually fantastic community we got here which can kind of be boiled down on T the Seattle cancer care alliance which is the biggest. I'm most prominent. Organization here in the Seattle area. And they are the combination of not only U dub but the Fred Hutchinson institute as well as a couple of clinics here in the area and they are in charge of basically pushing the marker for word in terms of the biggest the best the most important cancer research that's going on an obviously we've got so many other big players here in the community you know whether that's poly clinic Swedish you know all these other individuals who are coming together. But when it comes to you where we are in the you know and United States community you when people come to Washington State they're looking at this area and saying. This is the biggest research going on we need to focus on and you know how we can support and how we can get them involved they have. A lot of clout when it comes soon and every six community UH all the scientists out there I'm sure nodding their head going. Yeah we know them know how we know how much they support our community and the research that's going on and so. Especially when it comes to skin cancer. They're doing you know a lot of that. Big research that's pushing the mark for in trying to get us understand how we can make a difference in my comes down to is prevention and screening. So it's for the entire state that you handle this spring you have to get so maybe we get caught up talking with a cell cancer care alliance and thinking about blue western nurses to Easter. Lesser part of the state email on the other side of the Mountain View is what kind of how is it different over there from here and how do you have to tackle that. Yet what I really appreciate bringing that up because it's actually something that we talk about all the time in my position and being able to you access resources on the beside the sea is incredibly difficult they have a couple of major health systems out there trying to combat some of those issues. But because we live. In a state where we called the cascade curtain that's dividing our C 100%. In two. Then we have the total unfortunate issue of having people on the east side of the state you either have to traverse that mountain curtain. Over here for some major resource to our major clinical trials for certain cancers that may not have. A standard protocol you know that certain clinics know how to deal. Or they're left to fend for themselves which you know obviously. B are trying to make sure it doesn't happen we want people to have the same access to resources no matter where they are. No matter what kind of financial situation there and you know they should have the same access whether you live directly hearing can Connie you're somewhere out in the slowing Akamai county. Chair now I know you've achieved can penetrate the clouds and still get us but usually when the clouds are we might be covered up do well in eastern Washington is there any difference in the amount of cases or how wits and how does it very being on the other side of the mounds were sunnier more often. Absolutely in this is where hope that I can kind of blows some people's minds a little bit where. You would think that if he lived on the east side of the state where is sunnier where it is a little bit more warm where it you know you have that kind of more. Am I'm trying to say you know I desert a valley instead of you know I got on the clouds and you know mountains toward the right sons actually and so actually on the east side of the state there rates are low. And they are here on the Puget Sound side misty and you know I'm trying to keep my researcher had on the actual reason for that. Of course there is not a first her answer about why that is. I mean my A colleagues have been talking for a few years obviously. About what's. The meaning of back could be and look what I've come to an out and I'm in this position is that it seems like it's a trifle that issues. Because people on the eSATA seat tend to spend more time in the sun they tend to our you know eve are firmer you know population people are working in the sun more often. They have. A stronger send culture there and you do see over here. On the west side of the sea and by certain culture means sun safety knowing what it means to take care of your skin when you're spending all day long outside in the sun so when you're here on the west side to state. And you are spending a whole day every day inside your cubicle waiting for us any data come out and then all of a sudden just like you said you get this magical. Sunny day that's the first day and so many weeks or months. And everybody goes outside you take your jacket off maybe you have your sunglasses as he said so many people have lost them throughout the winter we have no idea where they are. You get all this really really intense sun exposure so now you're getting this. Radical mom Sarah not a do you fear rays air and your skin is a little bit sensitive because you can sit in inside all you know all winter. And her rank next to the water all of us you know waste a lot of us spend a lot of time either at the river at the lakes out here on the sound going boating you know just. Spending your time on the beach catching some rays. I think all of those things together really create the perfect storm for people here in the Puget Sound to think oh let's not mean. It's somebody else on some other state in the Arizona our Texas search. You know New Mexico who are always getting the sunshine but in reality. They have much better rates of melanoma and then we do where Regis don't even understand how old the sun is actually affecting your skin gets a. The sun pops out here for the last couple weeks and I it had run out and but I couldn't find my sunscreen and hanging out and buy more and I am like terrified of the sun because I am to a very pale skinned red bearded person yeah. I eat out very quickly sunburned. And to the justice because that's what it's like you can't find the supplies you need where a few limits in that situation with a sums up more often maybe you're doing a better job of staying stocked on the things he needs are not losing side of it terroristic I look at my apple my phone and it'll tell me a UV. Rick reading further detail how we elect. Navigate that had we read that and how can that be helpful to us. Absolutely and so that is the perfect transition to you. Talking about what we can really do about it because I hate to be a personal ties coming in sync OK get real B upload you know Matt and Portland Oregon now and then you're oh yeah. And here's what we can do to prevent it exactly and it you know the reality is that if we're gonna be doing anything about skin cancer here in our state it needs to be about changing the conversation change in a conversation about how we trader skin changing the conversation about how we understand our relationship to the sunshine. Am I think that the most important way to do that is to understand what UV index score is how you can use it it doesn't need to be something in the air like. 5 minutes where I am looking at this that app on my phone honey you know there were all busy we've got time you know. We barely got time to get the normal things on an hour days so. Almost all apps aren't your phone if you've got a Smartphone whether it's the general weather app that you've got party downloaded or you pick one aren't you know apps are whether it's the weather channel or whenever. And you can see what the UV score is for today anything above a three is considered to be. Hey take note. This may be you know a day where you need to put a sweater on or bring your sunglasses or what have you it's just an extra sixty seconds of looking at this number. That'll tell you everything you need to now. Hillis stride here I've got my weather channel up I've pushed the button. But the screen rather loans so it takes its time there ago I scroll down UV index one the low C and so locked out of significance. And second second and took doesn't know maybe a few seconds were looking out the window it's fairly cloudy today. On a daily today you would assume yak. Don't need any sort of signed safety maneuvers but. These are the types of days where looking attic is totally important because on the many cloudy days here in Washington State the UV score could. The higher than three and you could be getting a lot of those TUV radiation. Through the clouds into your skin without even realizing it. OK so Friday is don't fry day a very clever word to run on pun there I go at it's the opportunity to raise awareness about protecting your skin. It's this Friday the 25 at woodland park zoo and point defiance and you're gonna have team set up of both talk about a tolls what happens yes actually so we're gonna have a couple of teams that both C news. We're gonna have activities for kids stickers and kind of like a scavenger hunt type of activity fun and to go through kind of understand not only how. Animals themselves. Treat the side and how they have the natural instincts the natural fur is. Skills. Hard shells whatever it may be to protect themselves from the sun and how. It doesn't mean that human beings can't do those same things that they have the ability to actually do those same things but they just have to start in the resources to be able to do that and so. How we want families to come down coming chat with us about sun's CD and and it woodland park CU. Mean me actually how amateur intelligence on site to do free skin cancer screening forests as well also so fast that went to the dermatologist resuming I know woman commands at your time for another study showed that the public for specific things and then. And you can clearly tell them and if not take a little closer look. I mean you can also does Google. How to look for things on your skin arguing your partner can go yeah. Doctor handed an editor and my wife and I can do you think such Friday starting at 9 AM at more than park zoo yet appoint defiance zoo was well a team that each seeking come out have fun play games learn more about some safety has its sprayed down with sun screen if you forget ears we'll have some manner that this will help cool kitty trend from the she's the conference of cancer control coordinator for the for the Washington state department of health thank you for joining thank UK and conversations. The public affairs program distinction.