The real “bottom line” on the prevalence of cancer rates in any one area is, of course, environmental. We study smoking effects, we study eating, and healthy lifestyles. But, we don’t proactively check potential environmental causes of cancer—like years of air, water, and soil contaminations from industrial waste.
We don’t check the repercussions of the pharmaceuticals that get into our waterways, or how any of our man-made chemicals react, radiate, or produce ‘chemical cocktails’ (mixings chemicals that weren’t meant to be mixed). We don’t check these things unless there is a clear and obvious contamination that can’t be ignored.
There are a zillion possible environmental effects that could be causing our cancer rates to be high. But, we don’t proactively look for them because industry would cry “foul.” And, as we all know, the health of any one industry is more important that the health of our environment—not.
I am not singling out the Rochester area for the lack of proactive studies. No area does this on a wholesale assumption that man-made effects on our environment are having drastic cancerous effects on us.