Mortality from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in New Mexico, 1958-82

J. M. Samet, C. L. Wiggins, C. R. Key, T. M. Becker

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We examined mortality from lung cancer and from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Hispanic White, Other White, and Native American residents of New Mexico during the period 1958-82. Age-specific mortality was calculated by combining death certificate data with population estimates based on the 1960, 1970, and 1980 censuses that were adjusted for inconsistencies in the designation of race and ethnicity. In Other Whites, age-adjusted mortality rates from lung cancer and from chronic obstructive pulmonary increased disease progressively in males and females. Mortality rates for both diseases also increased in Hispanics during the study period, but the most recent rates for Hispanics were well below those for Other Whites. Age-specific mortality rates for lung cancer declined for more recently born Hispanic women at older ages. In Native Americans, rates for both diseases were low throughout the study period and did not show consistent temporal trends.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1182-1186
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


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