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Cancer Deaths - Overall

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Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Population by U.S. States, 2017

Why Is This Important?

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in New Mexico, and is a major cause of illness and suffering. Every year cancer causes almost 3,500 deaths in New Mexico, which is about one in every five deaths. Many cancers can be cured if detected early and treated promptly, and the detection and treatment of pre-cancerous conditions can actually prevent some cancers from developing. Policies, the physical environment, and lifestyle factors also play an important role in cancer prevention.


Cancer deaths per 100,000 population in New Mexico All cancer deaths are defined as malignant neoplasms (ICD10: C00-C97).

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC WONDER Online Database
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program.

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of cancer deaths
Denominator:New Mexico population

How Are We Doing?

New Mexico cancer mortality rates have been declining for the past two decades.

What Is Being Done?

The Department of Health's Cancer Prevention and Control Section works with many partners statewide to offer education, information, and resources to the public and healthcare providers. Within the Cancer Section, the Comprehensive Cancer Program (CCP) was the lead agency in developing the New Mexico Cancer Plan 2012-2017, which is currently being updated for 2018-2022. The CCP's efforts are guided by the goals and objectives of the Cancer Plan, which is the roadmap for cancer control and prevention for the state of New Mexico. In addition, the CCP convenes the New Mexico Cancer Council, a collaboration of diverse public and private partners working together to attack cancer in New Mexico through the development, implementation and evaluation of the New Mexico Cancer Plan. The Council's goal is to increase access to information, prevention and treatment using innovative and effective programs and policies, thus reducing the human and economic burden of cancer and improving the outcomes and quality of life for New Mexicans. Interventions by Council members promote early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Public education activities promote healthy behaviors to reduce cancer risk, including sun safety, smoking cessation, and physical activity.

Evidence-based Practices

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer. Screening can detect some cancers early when they may be more treatable. In addition, screening can actually prevent cervical and colorectal cancer by detecting pre-cancerous conditions and treating them before they can develop into cancer. Effective screening methods are not available for all cancers; however, research has shown that healthy behaviors including sun safety, smoking cessation, good nutrition and physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, getting certain vaccines, and avoiding excessive alcohol use can reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Available Services

Many programs within the New Mexico Department of Health use evidence-based initiatives to address cancer in New Mexico. For further information, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health Cancer Prevention and Control Section website at:

More Resources

New Mexico Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Program ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ( Surveillance Epidemiology and End Result (SEER) Program ( New Mexico Tumor Registry (NMTR), University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ( American Cancer Society (ACS) ( New Mexico Cancer Council (NMCC) ( Albuquerque Cancer Coalition (ACC) ( The National Library of Medicine (NLM) MedlinePlus ( Commission on Cancer ( Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. ( The Guide to Community Preventive Services ( Research-tested Intervetion Programs (RTIPs) (

Health Program Information

For more information or to obtain a copy of the New Mexico Cancer Plan, please visit the New Mexico Cancer Council website at:

Indicator Data Last Updated On 12/10/2018, Published on 10/05/2021
Cancer Prevention and Control Section, Population and Community Health Bureau, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 5301 Central Ave. NE, Suite 800, Albuquerque, NM 87108, Telephone: (505) 841-5840. For data inquiries, contact the Cancer Section Epidemiologist, Libby Bruggeman, PhD, MA (email: or the Medical Officer/Epidemiologist, Susan Baum, MD, MPH (email: