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CUNY: Report on Cancer in NYC, Featuring Maps by Professor, Makes Headlines

A recent report from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network on the cancer burden in New York City is making headlines, highlighting health disparities and opportunities for intervention among different city populations.

In the report, rates of cancers in New York City neighborhoods are portrayed​ using maps created by CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy associate professor Dr. Glen Johnson.

The maps illustrate how different types of cancers are distributed among men and women in each borough. Cancer cases and deaths differ greatly among boroughs and neighborhoods, reflecting the diverse socioeconomic and demographic characteristics across New York City.

The report makes policy recommendations to reduce the cancer burden in the city such as restricting the sale of flavored tobacco products including menthol and electronic cigarettes, investing in programs to improve access to affordable healthy foods in neighborhoods with limited options, increasing funding for cancer screening programs, and launching an aggressive campaign to increase human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates.

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Read the news coverage on ABC7 and NBCNY.