Study: Staten Island leads NYC boroughs in cancer rates

Adam Warner
October 19, 2019 - 6:14 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New research shows that cancer rates on Staten Island are 16 percent higher than cancer rates in the rest of the city.

Cancer rates on the island are also 3 percent higher than all of New York State when not including the rest of New York City.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo initiated the study two years ago. The state Department of Health looked at cancers as a whole and then individual forms of cancers.

The study found thyroid cancer rates were 67 percent higher than the other four boroughs and 69 percent higher than rates in the rest of the state.

Thyroid cancer was “the only cancer that stood out as unusually high compared to other area of New York State,” according to the study.

The cancer rate on Staten Island is 536.2 for males and 482.4 for females per 100,000 people, according to the Staten Island Advance.

It’s not clear what environmental factors, if any, could be causing the higher rates of cancer. Among the possibilities are landfill contamination and pollution from New Jersey.

The state Health Department will hold a public meeting to discuss the findings of the report at the Williamson Theatre on the College of Staten Island campus on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

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