Governor's Cancer Research Initiative

The Governor's Cancer Research Initiative, announced in October 2017, is being undertaken to examine cancer trends and the potential causes of cancer in four regions of the state that have a higher incidence of cancer. The four regions are: Warren County in northeastern New York, Staten Island (Richmond County) in New York City, an area of East Buffalo and western Cheektowaga in western New York, and an area including the communities of Centereach, Farmingville and Selden on Long Island.

As part of the initiative, staff from the New York State Department of Health are conducting a detailed review of cancer data for each area. They are also examining information on demographic, socioeconomic, behavioral and occupational factors that might be contributing to the higher incidence of specific types of cancer. In addition, Department staff are working with the Department of Environmental Conservation to identify potential sources of environmental contaminants that may be affecting cancer rates. The Department will use the results of the initiative to enhance community cancer prevention and screening efforts and support access to appropriate high-quality health care.

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Areas of study

Centereach, Farmingville, Selden (Suffolk County)

The Centereach, Farmingville, Selden study area was chosen because there were four different types of cancer that had elevated incidence there in the years 2011-2015: bladder cancer, lung cancer, leukemia and thyroid cancer.

Staten Island (Richmond County)

As noted during Governor Cuomo's visit in October 2017,Staten Island was chosen because it had the highest incidence rate for all cancers combined among the five New York City boroughs for the years 2011-2015. A major focus of this investigation will be on thyroid cancer, which was significantly elevated compared to the state as a whole.

Glens Falls (Warren County)

As noted during Governor Cuomo's visit in October 2017, Warren County was chosen because it had the highest incidence rate for all cancers combined of any county in New York for the years 2011-2015. Among the specific types of cancer that will be investigated are lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, esophageal cancer, oral cavity (mouth and throat) cancer, and brain tumors.

East Buffalo/Western Cheektowaga (Erie County)

The East Side Buffalo/Western Cheektowaga study area was chosen because there were six different types of cancer that had elevated incidence there in the years 2011-2015: colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, oral cavity (mouth and throat) cancer, and prostate cancer.

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Questions/comments

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