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Female Breast Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Females by County, New Mexico, 2013-2017

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Why Is This Important?

Among New Mexican women, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and is the second leading cause of death from cancer.

Female Breast Cancer Deaths per 100,000 Females by County, New Mexico, 2013-2017


    Female Breast Cancer Deaths per 100,000 population (females) in New Mexico Breast cancer mortality is defined as a neoplasm, malignant, of breast (ICD10: C50).

    Data Notes

    • Rates have been age-adjusted using the direct method and the 2000 U.S. standard population.
    • *This rate is statistically unstable (RSE >0.30), and may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). **This rate is extremely unstable (RSE >0.50) and should not be used to infer population risk. ***The count or rate in certain cells of the table has been suppressed either because 1) the observed number of events is very small and not appropriate for publication, or 2) it could be used to calculate the number in a cell that has been suppressed.

    Data Source

    New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), Epidemiology and Response Division, New Mexico Department of Health.

    How the Measure is Calculated

    Numerator:Number of breast cancer deaths
    Denominator:New Mexico female population

    Data Issues

    Death certificate information is submitted electronically by funeral directors, who obtain demographic information from an informant, a close family member of the decedent. The NMDOH Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS) does annual trainings for funeral directors and local registrars and the death certificate information goes through extensive scrutiny for completeness and consistency. The cause of death is certified by the decedent's physician or the physician that attended the death. Accidental and suspicious deaths are certified by the Office of the Medical Investigator. When death certificates are received the cause of death literals are keyed into software locally by the BVRHS, then shipped to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) where they are machine coded into ICD-10 cause-of-death codes. NCHS returns the ICD-10 codes to BVRHS where the death records are updated.

    Health Topic Pages Related to: Cancer Deaths - Breast Cancer

    Community Health Resources and Links

    Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

    Indicator Data Last Updated On 12/11/2018, 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: