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Health Indicator Report of Cancer Incidence - Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) refers to cancers of the lymphatic system. Tumors develop from lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that helps the body to fight infection and support the immune system. NHL is largely a disease of older adults, in which about 75% of the cases diagnosed each year are 55 years of age and older. Overall, NHL accounts for about 4% of all cancers diagnosed annually. The causes of NHL are unknown, but studies have shown an association with certain chemicals that may impair the immune system, as well as certain types of viruses. The common mechanism for all these agents appears to be immunosuppression.

Incidence of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma - Age-adjusted Rate per 100,000 Population by County, New Mexico 2006-2008


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.


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


The number of NHL 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 NHL: 33041-33042.


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

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)
Page Content Updated On 08/23/2011, Published on 06/23/2011
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