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Chelsea IrizarryJul 17, 2018, 10:44 pm

New study shows elevated rates of cancer on Long Island

Concerned community members attend public meeting on findings

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STONY BROOK— There was standing room only at the Hilton Garden Inn for a public meeting on a new study that shows three Long Island communities have elevated rates of several types of cancer.

Brad Hutton with the State Health Department says the meeting is geared to inform the community about the study and their initiatives after data found that the areas of Selden, Farmingville, and Centereach have significantly higher rates of leukemia, bladder, thyroid, and lung cancer.

“Each of those have different causes so we will be looking into several different possibilities,” Hutton said.

The State Health Department, along with other partners, will look into demographic differences in the population, environmental, and lifestyle factors. This comes as part of the department study on cancer incidents in certain regions as ordered by Governor Cuomo last fall in a state-wide cancer research program. The data comes from the State Cancer Registry, where by law, physicians diagnosing a case of cancer are required to report it to the state.

Hutton says the health department will finalize key study questions, and over the next six months, will complete the investigation by reviewing sources to see if there are reasons to explain the excess rates.

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