Higher-Than-Normal Cancer Rates In 3 Long Island Communities

July 06, 2018 - 2:42 pm

SELDEN, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Three communities on Long Island have higher than normal cancer rates.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the communities of Selden, Farmingville, and Centereach have elevated forms of several types of cancers, according to a new report from the New York State Department of Health.

“Four types of cancer – bladder, lung, leukemia, and thyroid cancer – all very different kinds of diseases – the rates of those cancers in that small area were higher than we would have expected,” said Health Department Deputy Commissioner Brad Hutton.

Hutton said the department is investigating why that particular area has the higher rates.

“We’d be looking to smoking rates for things like bladder and lung cancer, certainly genetics for several of these cancers, but then yes, we also will be looking at potential environmental causes in the area that could explain some of the excess rates,” he said.

Hutton said those who live in the three communities should not panic. But he did advise maintaining a healthy lifestyle of exercising, eating healthy, and not smoking.