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February 12, 2013

DOH finds high cancer rates in Town of Tonawanda

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Niagara Gazette — The study found that bladder cancer had statistically significant elevations in the Brookside area for men; total cancers, lung cancer and bladder cancer had statistically significant elevations in Sheridan Park for men and women.

Elevations of uterine cancer in Sheridan Park were also found. 

No types of cancer were statistically significantly elevated in Riverside except for lung cancer for women, and in Grand Island, esophageal cancer was statistically significantly elevated among men, and uterine cancer among women.

In the report, available online on the DOH website, officials make clear the the study cannot prove that environmental issues have caused the higher rates of cancer.

"There are many other factors that may also contribute to the development of these types of cancer. These factors include smoking, family history, and occupational exposures, as well as others. In the general population, smoking is the most important risk factor for both lung and bladder cancer. We do not know the individual medical and exposure histories for the people included in this study," the report states.

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