2003-05-02 / Community

Volunteers Wanted For Cancer Mapping Project

Volunteers Wanted For Cancer Mapping Project

New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith is asking interested residents living in Southeast Queens to join in an important cancer study that he has been conducting over the past several weeks.

"I have had a lot of positive feedback regarding our efforts with this survey," Senator Smith said. "But we need more participants in order to make this the most comprehensive and worthwhile project it can be."

Senator Smith and representatives from the Southeast Queens Cancer Study Advisory Group have been going door-to-door on weekends, talking to people residing in the vicinity of the former Westside Corporation site. The Queens lawmaker has been working to help identify a link between the chemical operation and residents living nearby who have been subsequently diagnosed with cancer.

"I think it is absolutely imperative that we draw any conclusions we can from information we are gathering about cancer cases that may be diagnosed in a disproportionate number around sites that could be causing this disease," Senator Smith said. "Armed with that kind of information, we can make the case for change within a community, and lead to a better environment in which we can raise our families."

Senator Smith encouraged those interested in participating in the study, or interested in receiving more information about the project, to call his district office.

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