Cancer takes a devastating toll on all New Yorkers. According to the recent release of the American Cancer Society's report on the cancer burden in the state, cancer rates - particularly lung cancer rates - are significantly higher in upstate New York than in New York City.
Research shows that environmental factors, such as air pollution, as well as tobacco use play a role in the alarmingly high rates of cancer in upstate New York. The public health impact of tobacco use is devastating. It is the single most preventable cause of death, killing more than 400,000 people each year in the United States.
The most important thing New Yorkers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking. Although no single approach works best for everyone, many effective quit methods are available. Talk to your health care provider about quitting, and call the New York State Smokers' Quitline at 866-697-8487 or visit nysmokefree.com for free information and support.