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Health Indicator Report of Cancer Incidence - Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer that has been primarily associated with long term occupational exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma develops from cancerous cells originating in the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. The most common anatomic site for the development of mesothelioma is the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it can also arise in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), and the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart). The vast majority of cases occur in males with a work history of prolonged exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose and most cases are not discovered until the cancer has spread into the body, making treatment difficult and survival relatively poor.

Incidence of Mesothelioma - 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

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


Mesothelioma incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with mesothelioma during a specified time period. Measures include 1) the number of newly diagnosed mesothelioma cases; and 2) age-adjusted mesothelioma incidence rates (adjusted to the 2000 US standard population). All rates are expressed per 100,000 persons. Measures are provided by sex and race/ethnicity.


The number of mesothelioma 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 mesothelioma (SEER Recode B 36010); ICD-O-3 codes: histologies 9050-9055; Malignant cases: ICD behavior code 3.


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