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Health Indicator Report of Cancer Incidence - Cancer of the Lung and Bronchus

Lung cancer is a leading form of cancer in New Mexico and the U.S. Unlike other common types of cancer, there is no effective screening program for lung cancer and symptoms often do not appear until the disease is well advanced into the body. This makes treatment more difficult, and survival less likely compared to other cancers. The majority of lung cancers diagnosed each year are caused by long-term cigarette smoking, which is a preventable exposure; however, roughly 10% of cases occur in non-smokers, some of which are due likely to second-hand smoke. Other environmental risk factors which have been shown to increase lung cancer risk include exposure to arsenic, asbestos, diesel exhaust, and radon.

Incidence of Lung and Bronchus 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.


Lung cancer incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with lung cancer during a specified time period, such as a single year or a five-year time interval. Measures include 1) the number of newly diagnosed lung cancer cases; and 2) age-adjusted lung cancer incidence rate (adjusted by the direct method to the 2000 US standard population). All rates are expressed per 100,000 persons.


The number of lung cancers newly diagnosed in New Mexico residents during a specified time period. The data are based on the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program incidence site recode: 22030.


The estimated resident population of New Mexico during 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