Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

We offer cancer information and resources to the public and health care providers. The program's efforts are guided by the New Mexico Cancer Plan.

Cancer is New Mexico's second leading cause of death. One of every five deaths in New Mexico is caused by cancer. Cancer is also a major cause of illness and suffering. New Mexico cancer mortality rates have been going down for the past three decades. Also, progress has been made in prevention, early detection, treatment, quality of life and end-of-life care. But much remains to be done.

The Indicator-Based Information System (IBIS) provides access to New Mexico Department of Health publications, reports and datasets. In addition, high- quality surveillance data on cancer in New Mexico is collected by the New Mexico Tumor Registry.

The Comprehensive Cancer Program seeks to reduce cancer in New Mexico by:

One of the Comprehensive Cancer Program's key projects is coordinating the New Mexico Cancer Council, a group of diverse public and private partners working together to attack cancer in New Mexico by using the New Mexico Cancer Plan. The Council works to increase access to information, prevention and treatment using innovative and effective programs and polices. The Council's goal is to reduce the human and economic burden of cancer and improve the outcomes and quality of life for New Mexicans.


Latest News

Reminding New Mexicans to Protect Their Skin May 28, 2014 - Comprehensive Cancer Control - Healthy Living

The New Mexico Department of Health reminds New Mexicans to protect their skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning to lower their skin cancer risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most cases of melanoma... « read more »

No Such Thing as a Safe Tan May 28, 2014 - Comprehensive Cancer Control - Healthy Living

We’re winding up National Skin Cancer Awareness Month this May, but for us living in the desert southwest, there’s no doubt this is a message that needs to be taken to heart year-round. As much as we love the sun, the truth is overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays causes not only sunburns and pr... « read more »

Promoting Cancer Prevention Year-Round February 26, 2014 - Comprehensive Cancer Control - Awareness

In recent years, the leading types of new cancer cases among men in New Mexico have been prostate, lung, and colorectal. For women, the leading types of new cancer cases have been breast, lung and colorectal, and it’s lung cancer, overall, that is the leading cancer killer for both men and women... « read more »


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