NYC Lung Cancer Rates Lower Than Upstate: American Cancer Society

The report is based on State Cancer Registry data from 2004 to 2008

View Comments ()



    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.

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Get our apps here and sign up for email newsletters here. Get breaking news delivered right to your phone -- just text NYBREAKING to 639710. For more info, text HELP. To end, text STOP. Message and data rates may apply.