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Cancer Deaths - Lung Cancer

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Lung Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Population, by County, New Mexico, 2013-2017

Lung Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Population, by Health Region, New Mexico, 2013-2017

Lung Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Population, by Urban and Rural Counties, New Mexico, 2013-2017

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

Why Is This Important?

Among New Mexicans, lung cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer death overall. Approximately 90% of lung cancer cases in men and 80% in women are attributable to cigarette smoking (New Mexico Cancer Plan 2012-2017). Tobacco smoke contains at least 70 chemicals known to cause cancer in people or animals. People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke.


Lung Cancer Deaths per 100,000 population in New Mexico Lung cancer mortality is defined as malignant neoplasm of bronchus and lung (ICD10: C34).

Data Sources

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of lung cancer deaths
Denominator:New Mexico population

How Are We Doing?

The rate of death from lung cancer in New Mexico rose slightly during the 1980s, stabilized in the early 1990s, and has generally decreased in the most recent years.

What Is Being Done?

The New Mexico Department of Health's Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) Program and its partners use a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to promote healthy lifestyles that are free from tobacco abuse and addiction among all New Mexicans. TUPAC follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and works with communities, schools, and organizations across the state to implement activities and services that decrease the harmful and addictive use of commercial tobacco. Activities include: tobacco-free public high school and post-secondary campuses policy development, smoke-free multi-unit housing, point-of-sale marketing strategies, tobacco cessation services, public awareness and education campaigns, and initiatives to reduce health disparities. Other key tobacco prevention and control activities in the state are funded through the Department of Indian Affairs and the Human Services Department (Synar and FDA Programs).

Evidence-based Practices

Addressing tobacco use is best done through a coordinated effort to establish tobacco-free policies and social norms, to promote quitting tobacco and assist tobacco users in quitting, and to prevent initiation of tobacco use. This comprehensive approach combines educational, clinical, regulatory, economic, and social strategies. Research has documented strong or sufficient evidence in the use of the following strategies: - Increasing the unit price of tobacco products. - Restricting minors' access to tobacco products, and by restricting the time, place, and manner in which tobacco is marketed and sold. - Strategic, culturally appropriate, and high impact health communication messages (mass media), including paid TV, radio, billboard, print, and web-based advertising at state and local levels. - Ensuring that all patients seen in the health care system are screened for tobacco use, receive brief interventions to help them quit, and are offered more intensive counseling and low- or no-cost cessation medications. - Providing insurance coverage for tobacco use treatment, and phone- and web-based cessation services are effective and can reach large numbers of tobacco users. - Passage of laws and policies in a comprehensive tobacco control effort to protect the public from secondhand exposure. To potentially prevent some lung cancer deaths through early detection and treatment, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. Sources: (1) CDC. Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs - 2014 ( (2) The Guide to Community Preventive Services: Tobacco Use - 2010 ( (3) The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Lung Cancer Screening Recommendation Summary - 2013 (

Available Services

Tobacco users can access free NM Tobacco Cessation Services through the statewide toll free number 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or for services in English; 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) or for services in Spanish; or TTY: 1-855-855-7081 for the deaf and hard of hearing. Cessation Services include free quit coaching, personalized quit plans, free nicotine patches, lozenges, or gum and optional text messaging support.

More Resources

REFERENCES: 1. The New Mexico Department of Health's Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) program website ( 2. New Mexico Tumor Registry ( 3. Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program ( 4. National Cancer Institute State Cancer Profiles ( 5. New Mexico Department of Health Cancer Prevention and Control Section ( RESOURCES: Visit for more information about the NM TUPAC Program and for help in quitting tobacco use. NM Human Services Synar and FDA Programs can be reached at 505-476-9285.

Health Program Information

Visit the TUPAC website at

Indicator Data Last Updated On 12/13/2018, Published on 02/17/2020
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: