How Common Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is the sixth most common cancer in males and the seventh most common cancer in females in the US.
- The incidence of NHL increases with age.
- An estimated 558,340 people are living with (or in remission from) NHL.
- About 70,800 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with NHL in 2014.
Age and NHL
- From age 20 to 24 years, the rate of NHL is about 2.5 cases per 100,000 population
- From age 60 to 64 years, the rate increases to 44.6 cases per 100,000 population
- From age 80 to 84 years, the rate increases to 119.7 cases per 100,000 population
Children and NHL
- In 2014, NHL will account for 6 percent of all cancers expected to be diagnosed in children and adolescents younger than 15 years.
- NHL accounts for 7 percent of all childhood cancers.
Gender and NHL
- More males than females tend to be diagnosed with NHL.
- Of the 70,800 people expected to be diagnosed with NHL in 2014, 38,270 are expected to be males and 32,530, females.
Race and Ethnicity and NHL
- 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.
last updated on
Friday, September 12, 2014