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Complete Health Indicator Report of Cancer Incidence - Mesothelioma


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.

Why Is This Important?

Mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer that is primarily associated with long term exposure to asbestos. The 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 throughout the body, making treatment difficult and the survival relatively low. Mesothelioma is relatively rare in the United States, and New Mexico averaged 17 new cases each year between 2010 and 2015. Because asbestos exposure is the predominant risk factor for developing mesothelioma, the vast majority of these cases are preventable by limiting exposure to asbestos.

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)

Related Indicators

Risk Factors

Asbestos fiber exposure

Graphical Data Views

Incidence of Mesothelioma - Age-adjusted Rate per 100,000 Population by County, New Mexico 2011-2015

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CountyCases per 100,000 Population, Age-adjustedLower LimitUpper LimitNoteNumer- atorDenom- inator
Record Count: 34
Catron0.00.018.4Warning, value is unstable018,435
Chaves0.80.01.6Warning, value is very unstable3330,206
Cibola0.00.02.5Warning, value is unstable0137,152
Colfax0.00.05.1Warning, value is unstable066,550
Curry0.40.01.3Warning, value is very unstable1250,245
De Baca0.00.034.7Warning, value is unstable09,788
Dona Ana1.20.51.8-131,074,788
Eddy0.00.01.2Warning, value is unstable0278,485
Grant2.00.23.7Warning, value is unstable5146,532
Guadalupe0.00.014.8Warning, value is unstable022,923
Harding0.00.098.2Warning, value is unstable03,456
Hidalgo3.50.010.4Warning, value is very unstable123,447
Lea1.00.02.2Warning, value is very unstable3339,602
Lincoln0.40.01.1Warning, value is very unstable1101,720
Los Alamos0.70.02.1Warning, value is very unstable189,968
Luna0.50.01.5Warning, value is very unstable1124,464
McKinley0.30.00.8Warning, value is very unstable1370,246
Mora0.00.014.2Warning, value is unstable023,960
Otero0.30.00.8Warning, value is very unstable1326,076
Quay0.00.07.8Warning, value is unstable043,736
Rio Arriba0.80.01.8Warning, value is very unstable2199,982
Roosevelt0.90.02.8Warning, value is very unstable1100,662
Sandoval0.50.01.0Warning, value is very unstable3650,875
San Juan1.20.02.9Warning, value is very unstable2143,791
San Miguel1.50.62.4Warning, value is unstable11683,852
Santa Fe0.50.00.9Warning, value is unstable5734,498
Sierra0.70.02.0Warning, value is very unstable158,311
Socorro0.80.02.3Warning, value is very unstable188,354
Taos0.00.02.0Warning, value is unstable0166,193
Torrance1.20.03.4Warning, value is very unstable179,740
Union0.00.015.2Warning, value is unstable022,343
Valencia0.70.01.6Warning, value is very unstable3383,974
New Mexico0.80.61.0-9310,472,086

Data Notes

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,
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,

References and Community Resources

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 01/09/2019, Published on 05/16/2019
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