Niagara Gazette

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January 6, 2013

Five-year state plan targets smoking, obesity to curb cancer

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Niagara Gazette — About 13,500 New Yorkers are diagnosed yearly with lung cancer, with about 9,200 deaths and smoking identified as the most common cause of the disease. Research also showed colon, breast, kidney and esophageal cancers associated with obesity, with studies reporting links to gallbladder, ovarian and pancreatic cancers.

The report noted that virtually all cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus, though in 2011 only 34 percent of females ages 13 to 17 had received all three recommended vaccine doses against the virus.

Concerning environmental factors, the report said unprotected and extended exposure to ultraviolet radiation through sunlight or tanning equipment can lead to skin cancer, which kills about 560 people a year. About 1,800 men and 1,400 women in New York are diagnosed annually with melanoma, the most deadly form.

Other risk factors are secondhand smoke and toxins in food, consumer products, water, soil, air and workplaces.

The report called for public education on ways to reduce exposure, including the role of diet.

Big Red Number 35K Number of New Yorkers killed by cancer each year

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