NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A report released Thursday by the American Cancer Society Action Network found that 40,126 people were diagnosed with cancer each year in New York City between 2011-15.
Lung, prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer construed almost half of all cancer cases and deaths in New York City, according to the report.
The report, called “Reducing the Cancer Burden in New York City,” used data from the New York State Cancer Registry to identify trends and information which could help policymakers find solutions to fight cancer more effectively moving forward.
Staten Island has the highest cancer rate among the five boroughs.
The report calls for restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products, investing in programs which help bring affordable healthy foods to neighborhoods which lack options, and increasing funding for cancer screenings among others suggestions.
“It’s time that the health care delivery system takes comprehensive redesign measures to partner with local community-based health organizations poised to address the social, economic and environmental factors; like access to healthy and affordable food, that will go much further at preventing disease, eliminating disparities, and reducing cancer risks and burdens in New York City," said Dr. Tenya Blackwell of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.