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Study to focus on cancer rates for East Side, western Cheektowaga

The state Department of Health says the East Side of Buffalo and western Cheektowaga have elevated cases of six different types of cancer, and it will study the reasons for those trends.

A public meeting to launch the study will be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 19 at the Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

The Health Department is launching cancer studies in four communities around the state. The studies will examine cancer patterns related to demographic, behavioral, occupational and environmental factors.

"The purpose of the studies is to gain further understanding of the regional incidence of cancer and to inform interventions aimed at prevention and screening," the Health Department said.

The East Side of Buffalo and western Cheektowaga area was found to have elevated incidence of colorectal, esophageal, kidney, lung, oral cavity and prostate cancer based on data for 2011 to 2015.

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