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NM EPHT Health Effects: Cancer

Cancer refers to a group of diseases in which abnormal cells in the body grow out of control. Cancer is not just one disease but many (at least 100) different but related diseases. Cancers are often named after the part of the body where the abnormal cell growth began, for example, lung cancer. Usually, the long period of time between the first cellular abnormality and the clinical diagnosis that cancer is present makes it difficult to pinpoint the cause of cancer. Cancer is one of the most common chronic diseases and is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death. See the list below for the cancers we track in New Mexico.

Cancer is a leading cause of illness and death in New Mexico. It is estimated that approximately 9,600 new cancer cases and 3,500 cancer deaths will occur among New Mexico residents in 2012. Cancer incidence and mortality rates vary – sometimes dramatically – among the state’s diverse populations. This document prepared by the New Mexico Tumor Registry for the New Mexico Department of Health, provides an overview of screen-detectable and tobacco-related cancers in New Mexico. Opportunities for Cancer Control

There are several cancers that have been associated with environmental factors as one of many possible causes. Seven cancers have been presented in our Environmental Public Health Tracking site: bladder, brain, breast, leukemia, lung, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and thyroid. The NM EPHT Interactive Data Query tools allow you to query data and see results in tables, maps, and charts.

NM Tracking Cancer Data and Information:

For additional queries on these cancers, as well as others, please refer to NMTR, http://www.cancer-rates.info/nm/ (external Web site). The New Mexico Tumor Registry (NMTR) provides a data query system of most cancers occurring in New Mexicans, including environmentally associated ones. This query site provides access to public health data and information on New Mexico's cancer rates by county.

 Read more about cancers in New Mexico at NM Tumor Registry (external Web site).

You can learn basic facts about cancer and read more on specific cancers at cancer.org and CDC Cancer (external Web sites).

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