New map shows most distinct causes of death by state

May 16, 2015 3:17 PM

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While the most common killers nationally are heart disease and cancer, the map shows what study authors call a "more nuanced view of mortality variation" within the United States. The research team started with 113 causes of death and then used a ratio to divide the mortality rates in each state by those of the whole country.

The map is "a somewhat of a colorful and provocative way of starting some conversations and highlighting some unusual things that are going on," study co-author Francis Boscoe from the New York State Cancer Registry told Live Science.

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