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Important Facts for Cancer Incidence - Lung and Bronchus


Lung cancer incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with lung cancer during a specified time period, such as a single year or a five-year time interval. Measures include 1) the number of newly diagnosed lung cancer cases; and 2) age-adjusted lung cancer incidence rate (adjusted by the direct method to the 2000 US standard population). All rates are expressed per 100,000 persons.


The number of lung cancers newly diagnosed in New Mexico residents during a specified time period. The data are based on the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program incidence site recode: 22030.


The estimated resident population of New Mexico during a specified time period.

Why Is This Important?

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Most lung cancers are diagnosed at a late stage, when the prognosis is poor. Each year, lung cancer accounts for over 13% of all new cancer cases and nearly 27% of all cancer deaths in the U.S. This equates to 224,000 cases and 158,000 deaths. The five-year survival rate is 18%. New Mexico averaged 979 new cases of lung cancer each year between 2010 and 2015. Since 1990, age-adjusted rates of bladder cancer in New Mexico have declined by approximately 12%, which is consistent with national trends. Unlike other common types of cancer, there is no effective screening program for lung cancer, and symptoms often do not appear until the disease is very advanced. This makes treatment more difficult and survival less likely compared to other cancers. However, because most lung cancers are related to cigarette smoking, most cases can be avoided. Other risk factors include asbestos exposure and radon.

Other Objectives

CDC Environmental Public Health Tracking, Nationally Consistent Data and Measures (EPHT NCDM)
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Content updated: Thu, 16 May 2019 10:53:43 MDT