State health officials headed to Buffalo to find clues about ‘cancer hotspot’

In early July, the State Department of Health identified four cancer hotspots across New York State – Warren County, just over an hour north of Albany; Staten Island in New York City; a cluster of three towns in Long Island’s Suffolk County. The fourth lies on the border of Buffalo and Cheektowaga.

In the area surrounded by the Kensington Expressway, the state Thruway and Walden Avenue, six types of cancer have been found at high rates, including colorectal, esophageal, kidney, lung, oral and prostate cancer. Now, the DOH is coming to Buffalo seeking the public’s help in figuring out why.

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