Staten Island, 3 L.I. Communities Have Elevated Cancer Risk: Study

July 17, 2018 - 6:06 pm

Staten Island and a trio of Long Island communities have elevated incidents of cancer, according to preliminary data presented Tuesday night at public meetings.

The meetings will kick off a one-year study, to be conducted by the state Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Environmental Conservation, as to why cancer numbers are elevated in these area.

On Long Island, the communities of Centereach, Farmingville and Selden in Suffolk County were found to have statistically significant rates of leukemia, bladder, lung and thyroid cancers, based on analyses of data in the New York State Cancer Registry, a compendium of cancer prevalence in the state, Newsday reported.

Long Island is one of four regions in New York -- -- in addition to Staten Island, there's also Warren and Erie counties -- found to have higher-than-expected incidence rates of cancer in an investigation launched last fall by Gov. Cuomo.

Dr. Yusuf Hannun, director of the Stony Brook Cancer Center, a division of Stony Brook Hospital, met Tuesday afternoon with state health officials to discuss the preliminary findings.

"I don’t want to read too much into the data until it has been vetted more,” Hannun said Monday, according to Newsday. “And I don’t want people to be alarmed. We need to know how strong these data are."

Hannun said it would be premature to draw conclusions, based on the preliminary data.