updated 5/10/2010 11:36:43 AM ET 2010-05-10T15:36:43

New York is publicly mapping cancer cases statewide using a system years in the making.

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The interactive map to be posted on the Internet Monday shows specific types of cancer and certain environmental features, such as landfills. The intent is to better understand the causes of cancer.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Westchester Democrat, and Gov. David Paterson's administrations caution against making immediate conclusions because of the many critical factors not included, among them whether a cancer patient smoked.

The data is from the 2000 Census. It doesn't identify any individuals because the map shows only combined information from small geographic areas.

The state departments of Health and Environmental Conservation have worked on the cancer mapping project.


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