What’s the most distinctive cause of death in California, other states?

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WASHINGTON – A new map shows the “most distinctive” causes of death in each state, according to LiveScience.com.

Heart disease and cancer are among the most common causes of death in the country, but this list takes a look at the less common causes of death that are more typical in certain states.

The researchers came up with the data by making calculations with numbers provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most distinctive causes of death are often rare; for 22 states, the total number of deaths from a “most distinctive” cause of death was less than 100, according to the study.

The “most distinctive” cause of death in California was “hyperplasia of prostate.” The term is defined as “an age-associated prostate gland enlargement that can cause urination difficulty.”

“Accidental discharge of firearms” was listed for Alabama, “syphilis” for Louisiana and “tuberculosis” for Texas.

The map is “a somewhat of a colorful and provocative way of starting some conversations and highlighting some unusual things that are going on,” said study co-author Francis Boscoe, a research scientist at New York State Cancer Registry.

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