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New Cases

  • An estimated 69,740 people living in the United States (US) will be diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in 2013.
  • Among the 69,740 new cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013, the disease will affect 37,600 males and 32,140 females.

Incidence by Age and Gender

  • NHL is the sixth most common cancer in males and the seventh most common cancer in females in the US.
  • Age-specific incidence rates for females at ages 20 to 24 years are 1.9 per 100,000.
  • Age-specific incidence rates for males at ages 20 to 24 years are 3.1 per 100,000.
  • Age-specific incidence rates for females at ages 60 to 64 years are 37.6 per 100,000.
  • Age-specific incidence rates for males at ages 60 to 64 years are 52.1 per 100,000.

Incidence by Race and Ethnicity

  • Blacks, from the mid-20's to the mid-40s, have higher incidence rates of NHL than whites.
  • However, beginning at age 45 years, whites generally have considerably higher incidence rates of NHL than blacks.
  • Among women, Hispanics have the second highest incidence rates after whites.
  • NHL is the fifth most common cancer in Hispanics, constituting approximately 5 percent of all types of cancer cases in Hispanics.

Incidence in Children

  • Lymphoma (Hodgkin lymphoma, 7.6 percent, and NHL, 7.0 percent) is the third most common cancer in children and adolescents younger than 20 years.
  • In children and adolescents younger than 20 years, lymphoma is most commonly diagnosed in non-Hispanic whites (2.74 per 100,000) and whites (2.54 per 100,000), followed by non-Hispanic blacks (2.23 per 100,000) and blacks (2.17 per 100,000) and Hispanics (2.01 per 100,000).
  • In children and adolescents younger than 20 years, lymphoma is least commonly diagnosed among American Indian and Alaska Native children (0.69 per 100,000).
  • In children and adolescents younger than 20 years, the highest incidence rates of NHL are in non-Hispanic white adolescents ages 15 to 19 years (2.03 per 100,000) and non-Hispanic black adolescents ages 15 to 19 years (1.87 per 100,000).
  • In 2013, children and adolescents younger than 15 years will constitute 4 percent of all NHL cases expected to be diagnosed.

Incidence in Adults

  • The incidence of NHL increases with age.
  • About 2.5 cases of NHL per 100,000 population occur in 20- to 24-year-olds.
  • By age 60 to 64 years, the rates increase more than 17 times to 44.6 cases per 100,000 population.
  • From ages 80 to 84 years, the rate increases more than 47 times to 119.7 cases per 100,000 population.

Survival

  • The five-year relative survival rate for NHL patients has risen from 31 percent in whites from 1960 to 1963 to 71.2 percent for all races from 2003 to 2009.
  • There are approximately 558,340 people in the US living with NHL (active disease or in remission).

Survival for Children

In children and adolescents younger than 20 years, the five-year relative survival for NHL is 84.5 percent. This represents a significant improvement in the rate of recovery. As recently as the mid-1970s, most children and adolescents with NHL did not survive five years after diagnosis.

Deaths

  • An estimated 20,200 members of the US population are expected to die of lymphoma in 2013.
  • NHL is the seventh most common cause of cancer death in males and females in the US.
  • NHL is the seventh most common cause of cancer death in Hispanic males and Hispanic females .

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma facts and statistics from Facts 2013.

last updated on Thursday, August 22, 2013
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