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Why Is This Important?
Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming cells that affects both adults and children. Leukemia is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in children and adolescents, and often arises very rapidly over a short period of time (acute form). In adults, leukemia is more likely to take many years to develop (chronic form). The causes of leukemia are not well understood but appear to involve a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. Leukemia accounts for around one-quarter of childhood cancers. Acute lymphocytic leukemia accounts for about 75% of childhood leukemia. The five-year survival rate for children under 20 years is 89%.
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) incidence refers to the number of persons newly diagnosed with ALL within a specified time period and age group. Measures are calculated for children < 15 years of age and < 20 years of age. All rates are expressed per 1,000,000 persons.
Data NotesRates have been age-adjusted using the direct method and the 2000 U.S. standard population.
How the Measure is Calculated
Numerator:The number of ALL cases newly diagnosed in New Mexico residents within a specified time period and age group. The data are based on the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program incidence site recodes for acute lymphocytic leukemia: 35011. http://seer.cancer.gov/siterecode/
Denominator:The estimated population of New Mexico residents within a specified time period and age group.
New Mexico Population Estimates
All population estimates apply to July 1 of the selected year. These estimates are considered the most accurate estimates for the state of New Mexico and should match those found on the University of New Mexico Geospatial and Population Studies website. Estimates include decimal fractions. Census tract population estimates were summed to produce County and Small Area population estimates. Population estimate totals may vary due to rounding. Population estimates for previous years are occasionally revised as new information becomes available. When publishing trend data, always be sure that your rates for earlier years match current rates on NM-IBIS that have been calculated with the most up-to-date population estimates.
New Mexico Tumor Registry
In agreement with the New Mexico Tumor Registry, to ensure confidentiality the count of cancer cases is suppressed for any given county if the count is between one and four and the population is less than 1,000. NOTE: The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted health services, leading to delays and reductions in cancer screening, diagnosis, and reporting to some central cancer registries. This may have contributed to an observed decline in 2020 incidence for most cancer sites.