DefinitionFemale Breast Cancer Deaths per 100,000 population (females) in New Mexico
NumeratorNumber of breast cancer deaths
DenominatorNew Mexico female population
Why Is This Important?Among New Mexican women, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and is the second leading cause of death from cancer.
Healthy People Objective: C-3, Reduce the female breast cancer death rateU.S. Target: 20.6 deaths per 100,000 females
Other ObjectivesNew Mexico Cancer Plan 2012-2017 Objectives:
By 2017, increase by 15% the proportion of NM women ages 40 and older who have had a mammogram in the past 2 years, from a 2010 baseline of 71% to 81.7%.
New Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)
How Are We Doing?The rate of death from breast cancer among New Mexican women has declined over the past two decades.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Historically, New Mexico has had a lower breast cancer mortality rate than the U.S. overall. Beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the breast cancer mortality rate started to decrease for both New Mexican and U.S. women. While the rate of death from breast cancer is still lower for women in New Mexico compared to women in the U.S., the difference in rates is currently not as large as it has been in the past. Decreases in breast cancer deaths over the past couple decades are primarily attributable to improvements in treatment and in early detection through screening mammography. A 2016 analysis estimated that in recent years, improved treatment was responsible for at least two-thirds of the reduction in breast cancer mortality from invasive tumors measuring at least 2 cm, and that the remaining reduction could be attributed to breast cancer screening. (Welch et al., N Engl J Med 375;15: 1438-1447).
What Is Being Done?The New Mexico Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCP) is dedicated to decreasing rates of breast cancer deaths by improving access to high-quality, age-appropriate breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for low-income women who are uninsured or under-insured, and helping them access resources for treatment when necessary. To do this, the BCCP supports changes within provider practices and health systems to increase screening opportunities. In addition, data and surveillance systems, such as monitoring screening quality measures, are used to develop more organized, systematic approaches to cancer screening and to improve service delivery. These approaches are supported by the New Mexico Department of Health and are being implemented by many healthcare organizations and health systems throughout New Mexico. Visit the BCCP website at: http://archive.cancernm.org/bcc/index.html
Evidence-based PracticesThe BCCP supports New Mexico health care providers and health systems in using evidence-based interventions such as patient reminders, risk assessment tools, reducing structural barriers (e.g., expanding clinic hours, provision of mobile mammography events), provider reminder and recall systems, and provider assessment and feedback on performance. All of these activities have been shown to increase breast cancer screening rates, and are recommended by The Guide to Community Preventive Services, a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force, established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Health Program InformationIn addition to the activities listed above, the BCCP is exploring the best options for providing more balanced and useable information to women about both the potential benefits and harms of breast cancer screening. The intent is to enable women to make well-informed decisions about breast cancer screening that are consistent with their values and priorities.