DefinitionEsophageal cancer incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with esophageal cancer during a specified time period. Measures include 1) Number of newly diagnosed esophageal cancer cases; and 2) Age-adjusted esophageal cancer incidence rates per 100,000 population.
NumeratorThe number of esophageal cancer cases newly diagnosed in New Mexico residents within a specified time period.
DenominatorThe estimated population of New Mexico residents within a specified time period.
Why Is This Important?Esophageal cancer occurs in the esophagus, which is the tube connecting your throat to your stomach. Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells lining the inside of the esophagus and grows outward.
Each year, esophageal cancer accounts for around 1% of all new cancer cases and 2.6% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. This equates to 17,000 cases and 16,000 deaths. The five-year survival rate is 19%.
New Mexico has averaged about 92 new cases of esophageal cancer per year from 2010 to 2015. Rates of esophageal cancer diagnosis in New Mexico have remained relatively steady over recent decades.
Other ObjectivesCDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)