Higher upstate N.Y. lung cancer rate attributed to smoking
An American Cancer Society analysis shows higher lung cancer rates in upstate New York than in New York City, a trend society officials attribute to higher smoking rates in poorer areas.
The report Monday, based on State Cancer Registry data from 2004 to 2008, says prostate, colorectal, breast and lung cancers account for about half the state's cases and deaths. There is a major geographic difference only in lung cancer.
That tracks state health department data showing a 13 percent smoking rate among city residents compared with 17 percent upstate.
In 2011, the society estimates 107,000 New Yorkers were diagnosed with cancer while 34,000 died from the disease.
The National Cancer Institute says an estimated 1.6 million Americans will be diagnosed and 577,000 will die this year.