DefinitionDeath rates for the leading causes of death are the number of deaths from each cause per 100,000 New Mexico population, age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population, and ranked according to the number of deaths.
NumeratorNumber of deaths from the specified cause
Data Interpretation IssuesUsing age-adjusted deaths produces a slightly different ranking than that produced from death counts. The 10 leading causes of death, ranked in order of highest numbers of New Mexico deaths are as follows: Cancer, coronary heart disease, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic liver disease, suicide, Alzheimer's disease, and influenza and pneumonia.
Why Is This Important?Death rates by leading causes of death show areas where health improvement and prevention programs should be targeted to reduce the number of deaths.
How Are We Doing?Heart Disease, the leading cause of death, accounted for 24.7% of all deaths in the state, followed by Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer) at 25.2% and Unintentional Injuries at 8.9%.
Health Program InformationFor information on leading causes of death by county, see the NM-IBIS Community Health Highlights reports by county, here: http://ibis.health.state.nm.us/community/highlight/Selection.html.