Enhance Cancer Surveillance
The NY State Cancer Surveillance Improvement Initiative recently released data indicating differences in the major forms of cancer incidence by county suggesting wide variation in common cancers across the state. Such information, although preliminary, is highly suggestive of geographic differences in cancer risk.
Since companion animals share our environment they are exposed to the same environmental contaminants or carcinogens as are humans. For instance, it is known that:
Since these same agents have been linked to the identical types of cancer in humans, pets serve as sentinels of environmental or infectious agent cancer risk. A formal registry of animal cancers would complement the NY State human cancer registry to more quickly identify clusters of cancer occurrence.