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Health Indicator Report of Cancer Incidence - Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is largely a disease of older adults, particularly those age 65 years and older, and occurs twice as commonly in men than women. Smoking is a major cause of bladder cancer, accounting for up to about 25% of cancers in women and 50% in males. Certain workplace exposures may also increase bladder cancer risk. Studies have shown that workers in the trucking, dye, rubber, textile, leather, and chemical industries have a higher risk of bladder cancer. Long-term consumption of drinking water containing high levels of arsenic has also been shown to increase bladder cancer risk. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently lowered the regulatory standard for arsenic in drinking water from 50 ug/l to 10 ug/l due to concern that the higher standard was not protective of public health, particularly in regards to bladder cancer.

Incidence of Bladder Cancer - Age-adjusted Rate per 100,000 Population by County, New Mexico 2007-2009


Data have been age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population.

Data Sources

  • Numerator: The New Mexico Tumor Registry, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center,
  • Population Data Source: Geospatial and Population Studies Program, University of New Mexico.


Bladder cancer incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with bladder cancer within a specified time period. Measures include 1) the number of newly diagnosed bladder cancer cases; and 2) age-adjusted bladder cancer incidence rates (adjusted by the direct method to the 2000 US standard population). All rates are expressed per 100,000 persons.


The number of bladder cancer cases newly diagnosed in New Mexico residents within a specified time period. The data are based on the National Cancer Institute"s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program incidence site recode for bladder cancer: 29010.


The estimated population of New Mexico residents within a specified time period.

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)
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Content updated: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:06:56 MDT