This week, over 200 residents packed a conference room at the Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook to attend a meeting hosted by the New York State Department of Health. The purpose was to report findings from a mandated study as part of Governor Cuomo’s Cancer Research Initiative in order to identify where and what contributes to higher rates of cancer throughout the state. Centereach, Selden and Farmingville, three communities within the Fourth Legislative District were reported to have higher reported rates of cancer than expected.
The four prevalent types of cancer identified in those communities were leukemia, bladder, lung and thyroid cancers. Several factors are being researched for the causes of these incidences. These include family history and genetics, lifestyle habits (smoking, diet, alcohol intake) as well as environmental issues. Other local officials, including Legislator Tom Muratore and the Suffolk County Department of Health are working in conjunction with the state in using these findings to help improve cancer prevention and treatment.
“I am grateful to New York State for conducting this study and identifying areas that need our attention,” stated Legislator Muratore. “I look forward to working with them to educate the public on ways to improve early detection of cancer and access to quality health care for treatment.”
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