Startling statistics that our New York clients are sadly, all to familiar with.

Buffalo Business First crunched the numbers from the New York State Cancer Registry and found nearly 100,000 Western New Yorkers have been diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes, and a new case of cancer is diagnosed in what works out to be every 49 minutes in our eight-county region.

Through our partners at Buffalo Business First, we’re getting a closer look at the newest cancer data to come from the New York State Cancer Registry. The latest years available are from 2012 to 2016.

More than 96,000 Western New Yorkers, the majority from Erie County, have heard the words “you have cancer” at some point in their lives.

On average, more than 3,500 people die of cancer each year in Western New York. That’s the equivalent of one person dying every 2 hours, 27 minutes.

“There’s not really anything dramatically different about the cancer incidents and factors related to cancer in Western New York compared to the rest of New York State, or even the rest of the country,” said Dr. Stephen Edge.

Dr. Edge is a professor of surgery and oncology at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and vice president of system quality and outcomes at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“The point is is that cancer is a common disorder, cancer can be treated in most circumstances now,” Edge said. “The success rate with cancer treatment is much better than it was 10 years ago, and 20 years ago, and 40 years ago. And, that for many cancer types, regular screening really makes a difference.”

Lung and breast cancer are the most common types of cancer here.

“If we could get really reduce smoking rates much further, we could, 10 years from now we’d have, 20 years from now, we’d have many fewer lung cancers,” Edge said. “But we also know that with breast cancer, and other cancers where we pick up true cancer, lung cancer, where we pick up a true cancer, that by finding it at the early stage, the long-term impact of treatment is much greater and the treatment is often much less intense.”

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