Cancer Map Unveiled for New York

May 11, 2010 Updated: May 11, 2010

The state's Department of Health on Monday unveiled a new map that shows the rates of cancer in neighborhoods throughout the state.

The Department hopes that the incident rates can draw correlations between environmental factors and cancer rates.

The map even lists what types of cancer residents suffer from on a block by block basis. The map was compiled from census data between 2003 and 2007. Users can type in their zip code or address on the department's website and an interactive map will show cancer rates as well as places that are potentially environmentally hazardous.

For example, a red star on the map signifies a place where petroleum is stored. Other hazard spots include waste dumps, chemical plants, and brownfield sites.

The website can be accessed at the DOH's website at https://apps.nyhealth.gov/statistics/cancer/environmental_facilities/mapping/map/.