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Childhood Cancer Rates Highest in Northeast, New CDC Map Shows

It isn't clear why the rates vary

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    Childhood Cancer Rates Highest in Northeast, New CDC Map Shows
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    This Dec. 8, 2014, file photo shows a girl color a poster as she waits to visit with two Miami Dolphins players at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami.

    A new government cancer map shows that rates of childhood cancer are highest in the Northeast United States and lowest in the South, NBC News reported.

    Rates of pediatric lymphoma and brain cancer are higher in the Northeast while leukemia is more common in the West, according to the map.

    It isn't clear why the rates vary and, since pediatric cancer is so rare, it's unclear what patients and parents should take away from the data. Its main value, according to the team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that wrote the report, is in keeping doctors, hospitals and the government vigilant on pediatric cancer.

    It could simply be that some areas have better systems for detecting cancer, the team said.