Report claims cancer deaths in city, BX could have been prevented

A new report published in the New York Post claims thousands of people from the Bronx and the rest of the city that died from cancer this year could have prevented it. Preventable cancers such as lung cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer have caused more than 35,000 deaths, according to the study. The American Cancer Society says too many people are smoking and a high number of people aren't getting colonoscopy screenings.The study says prostate cancer accounted for 7 percent of all cancer deaths in the Bronx this year, the highest rate in the city. Good news from the study is that the overall cancer death rates have declined in both the Bronx and New York City. The death rate was 14 percent lower in the borough than a decade ago. The American Cancer Society attributes the decline to medical advances and better monitoring.