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St. Lawrence County is among the top nine counties in New York with the highest lung cancer rate, according to a Surgeon General’s report. St. Lawrence County has a rate of approximately 88 cases of lung cancer per 100,000 people. The average across the state is about 64 cases per 100,000 people, the report shows.

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Last week's question:

St. Lawrence County is among the top nine counties in New York with the highest lung cancer rate, according to a Surgeon General’s report. St. Lawrence County has a rate of approximately 88 cases of lung cancer per 100,000 people. The average across the state is about 64 cases per 100,000 people, the report shows.

Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with lung cancer?

76.1% -- Yes

23.9% -- No

Total responses: 197

Total comments: 62

Here are your comments:

Lung cancer is often diagnosed too late due to insurance constraints on appropriate diagnostic testing. Sad but true.

11/24/2014 12:27 AM Nobody that I know. I believe that genetics play a far greater role than smoking, a contaminant filled environment, or just bad luck. If any of these conditions guaranteed lung cancer then all those exposed would get it. Some people simply have poor genetics and are doomed.

11/23/2014 10:09 PM

Get out of this toxic dump while you can. Overtaxed and polluted swamp that we live in.

11/23/2014 8:22 PM

Not only smoking causes lung cancer, but the asbestos exposure at the 3 big manufacturing facilities affected many North Country workers.

11/23/2014 6:31 PM

Both my mother and step father both have passed away from lung cancer.

11/23/2014 5:07 PM

Not in locally, no. This is a dumb question, because I suspect every one knows someone somewhere who is/was a victim of lung cancer.

11/23/2014 1:08 PM

I've known quite a few. Funny thing is they were not smokers and spent most of their time outdoors. Funny makes you wonder.

11/23/2014 1:02 PM

We all will. The powers that were used Agent Orange to clear part of what we now call the Saint Lawrence seaway.

11/23/2014 9:54 AM

My husband.

11/23/2014 8:19 AM

And neither one smoked!

11/22/2014 9:17 PM

Not only that but it also has the highest population of sex offenders, welfare, crime rate and unemployment.

11/22/2014 6:53 PM

Instead of just asking if you know someone with lung cancer... which is a redundant question since the numbers are given right there.... why not ask what caused the lung cancer or why people think it is so high in St Lawrence County...obviously there is some reason why we have such high rates of all types of cancer here.

11/22/2014 12:00 PM

Many smokers in this area buy their smokes off the reservation, I wonder if they know what is in them compared to commercial smokes.

11/22/2014 8:49 AM

An Aunt and Uncle. Both mothers’ siblings.

11/21/2014 5:18 PM

The cancer rate in general is way too high. It is proof when nearly every hospital in St. Lawrence County has their own cancer treatment center. People call the Hassig brothers crazy for their vigilance but are they? Maybe we should listen more closely to their message? Maybe we need to all make a stand.

11/21/2014 4:23 PM

My stepmother died from lung cancer. She had been a secretary before the workplace protection laws, and my father smoked heavily in their small house. She herself never smoked.

11/21/2014 1:53 PM

Cheap Native American cigarettes don't help our local situation!

11/21/2014 12:19 PM

Obviously there has to be something toxic in the environment to have these kinds of numbers.

11/20/2014 9:22 PM

Too much acid rain? Chemical pollution?

11/20/2014 6:46 PM

What is the purpose of this question?

11/20/2014 5:03 PM

2 sisters passed from lung cancer, 1 good friend

11/20/2014 4:03 PM

I’ve also seen a lot of folks enjoying their cigarettes like there was no tomorrow. Guess what! There is no tomorrow for them and maybe for some folks around them.

11/20/2014 2:27 PM

My sister died of melanoma and my mom has multiple myeloma.

11/20/2014 1:59 PM

2 close friends within the past 2 years

11/20/2014 11:07 AM

I had stage 4 lung cancer 9 years ago.

11/20/2014 9:02 AM

Yes, wife, survived it, mother, past, one brother, past, one brother terminal, from agent orange, is that enough for ya?

11/20/2014 7:53 AM

2 members of my family

11/19/2014 10:17 PM

I recently moved here and I am shocked by how many people smoke or chew. I think more public awareness would help people. Folks, you are killing yourselves. I know it’s a tough habit to quit, but think about how you are effecting your family. Watching a love one die from cancer that could have been totally prevented is absolutely devastating.

11/19/2014 9:49 PM

Maybe the Hassig boys should have been listened to.

11/19/2014 7:45 PM

Not due to smoking.

11/19/2014 3:19 PM

Yes. My dear grandmother was lost, way too young. She was a nonsmoker.

11/19/2014 2:44 PM

My father died of lung cancer in 2009. Miss him dearly!

11/19/2014 12:22 PM

If the Surgeon General had used all forms of cancer, Breast Cancer, Liver ECT. I am certain we would have ranked much higher. Cancer is very prevalent here. All forms. I wonder sometimes if it is in the water? I lived away from here; more than here; those that stayed all seem to have something cancer related!

11/19/2014 10:11 AM

My mother.

11/19/2014 9:51 AM

Thankfully no one in my family smokes. None of us believe in slow suicide. But, we all work and pay taxes to support people on Medicaid/welfare who do smoke and need welfare to treat their complications due to smoking.

11/19/2014 8:45 AM

Know two people both of whom smoked heavily for many years.

11/19/2014 8:26 AM

Both parents and three in-laws have passed away due to this cancer. I have never smoked and my spouse quit almost 40 years ago. So many friends as well have been afflicted. If you smoke., stop, if you don't…don't start!

11/19/2014 8:11 AM

Yes, my in-laws, but they are told by their doctor that they are in perfect shape and all tests are perfect. They are given pain medicine, inhalers and lung treatments. They really need to be told to quit smoking and given help with that...but if that were to happen they wouldn't be paying the doctor's lifestyle. Also need to remember that cigarettes at the reservations in St Lawrence County are cheap adding to higher lung cancer rate in the county.

11/19/2014 8:05 AM

Alcoa employee lymphoma.

11/18/2014 8:44 PM

What a horrible disease.

11/18/2014 7:01 PM

I think the people who smoke just want to keep the healthcare industry working. With all the education out there they should have learned something!

11/18/2014 4:12 PM

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. You'd think the reservation was Mecca with its tax-free cigarettes. There's a high percentage of NNY'ers who smoke.

11/18/2014 3:52 PM

Father-in-law died from lung cancer in 2006.

11/18/2014 1:22 PM

3 persons. One under 40, two over 65

11/18/2014 12:35 PM

Me. I have had lung cancer. Both lungs removed and I am doing just fine. In training for the Iron Man.

11/18/2014 10:27 AM

Since St Lawrence County is the largest in the state how accurate is the data

11/18/2014 10:14 AM

But this person had only lived here for about 5 years. He was a transplant from NJ & PA.

11/18/2014 9:59 AM

I think a county-wide survey should be done regarding all cancers. It seems as though every other home in the village of Canton has experienced some form of cancer. Why does it appear to be so prevalent?

11/18/2014 9:33 AM

St. Lawrence County cases for all cancer is off the charts

11/18/2014 9:27 AM

My grandmother lived in St.. Lawrence County her entire life, never smoked, and died in 1991 at the age of 70 of lung cancer.

11/18/2014 8:19 AM

Sage 4 diagnosed in April this sucks!

11/18/2014 7:12 AM

My mother always felt those plants in Massena were the best thing for us

11/17/2014 10:42 PM

Another mind-bending question What a about do you think generational poverty and associated behaviors impact our county being ranked among the top 10? We are overtaxed, underserved and frustrated but we aren't dumb. We can actually handle a purposeful question that involves a bit of thinking.

11/17/2014 10:40 PM

Very common problem in this area for to many years

11/17/2014 10:07 PM

Diagnosed with cancer's brother, COPD, so far.

11/17/2014 6:36 PM

Isn't it amazing how many people on welfare also smoke? So you're telling me you can't afford to feed yourself, yet you find the money to buy cigarettes? Then when you develop throat issues, other health issues, and yes sometimes lung cancer. Who pays for your treatment? Oh, yes, taxpayer funded Medicaid.

11/17/2014 6:35 PM

And the two people didn't smoke.

11/17/2014 5:40 PM

It's no wonder the cancer rate is high here. After all, we are directly downwind from most of Canada's industry along the Great Lakes.

11/17/2014 5:25 PM

We live in an economically deprived area which leads to more people smoking. We also have lived downwind wind of the manufacturing plants to our west for many years. If these places poisoned our lakes then perhaps they also contributed to our high rate of lung cancer.

11/17/2014 5:13 PM

Perhaps if they couldn't go get tax free, unfiltered cigs on the Rez our numbers wouldn't be so high!

11/17/2014 4:46 PM

Life long smoker.

11/17/2014 4:37 PM

Not today!

11/17/2014 4:33 PM

Both my parents died of lung cancer

11/17/2014 4:11 PM

The disease definitely does follow the river. Just like the cancer treatment centers do.

11/17/2014 3:57 PM

We smoke more in St. Lawrence County than in the rest of the state.

11/17/2014 3:53 PM

No don't smoke. Most of my friends don't. They work for a living. Ever notice about everyone on welfare does.

11/17/2014 3:45 PM

At one point, many years a go a survey was completed by hospice that showed the higher concentration of cancer followed the Racquette River pipeline and sub-stations/dams!

11/17/2014 3:44 PM

A neighbor has lung cancer and still smokes like a smokestack. She's not happy enough to kill herself, she has to spread the smoke around to everyone else, and the landlord doesn't give a darn if those of us who want clean air have to breath her pollution.

11/17/2014 3:30 PM

My mother passed away from lung cancer, she was a lifelong resident of Potsdam. Sad how many people this has taken.

11/17/2014 3:04 PM

Far too many smokers.

11/17/2014 2:54 PM

SLC has an approximate population of 112,000 so there are approximately 98 people with lung cancer in the county. Largest population areas are Potsdam, Canton and Ogdensburg but I am guessing that most of those 98 people are not from those 3 towns.

11/17/2014 2:03 PM


11/17/2014 1:57 PM

My question is: how many of them worked for ALCOA, Reynolds and GM? My dad used to say that when a man goes to work at any of those plants, he is literally killing himself so that his children perhaps will not have to work there.

11/17/2014 1:41 PM

I attribute the high lung cancer rate to an energy efficiency program back in the 70's where the US government insulated 10's of thousands of homes in the northeast with vermiculite insulation (contains asbestos). The program targeted low-income families. The government will not comment on it as it would cost billions to remove it. Look it up online!

11/17/2014 1:01 PM

There's something in the water or air around here to have this high of a cancer rate!

11/17/2014 12:56 PM

This is the North Country and unfortunately there's nothing to do but drink, smoke, and go to the bars. Not to mention the high percentage of nursing/health aide jobs where smoking is a social activity.

11/17/2014 11:17 AM

My dad passed away from lung cancer

11/17/2014 10:42 AM

This is an awful question to post on this website. People have enough negativity and a lot of bad news that they need to deal with- the last thing people need is to get onto your website and be bombarded by this stuff! Shame on you! Why don't you ask better questions than this?

11/17/2014 10:38 AM

Yet, there are still liberal twits out there who think e-cigs should be banned also.

11/17/2014 10:37 AM

My husband had lung surgery in early 2013. Still having treatment at this time and doing fine. I feel it is important to address the problem early. If you think you have a lung problem see your doctor Canton/Potsdam Hospital has a wonderful cancer unit and 2 of the best oncologist. We have been treated great there and at Strong Memorial in Rochester.

11/17/2014 9:24 AM

2 of my neighbors have! Both have passed away!

11/17/2014 9:09 AM

Amazing how many people can still afford the high price of cigarettes.

11/17/2014 8:34 AM

Indian cigarettes are un-tested and full of cancer agents. People can't afford to buy regular ones so they smoke that crap.

11/17/2014 8:25 AM

But, it has a lot to do with more than smoking. Now that our smart surgeon general has these facts, tests on water in this area should also be done along with soil tests. No cover-ups.

11/17/2014 8:21 AM

We also have one of the highest rate of pollution in our air, ground and water. Turning a blind eye to what happened in Massena is one reason. Burning wood doesn't help either.

11/17/2014 8:00 AM

What are the statistics when you factor in other kinds of cancer; I expect it is equally high -- or higher.

11/17/2014 7:52 AM