How Common Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is the seventh most common cancer in the United States.
- The incidence of NHL increases with age.
- An estimated 529,222 people are living with (or in remission from) NHL in 2012.
- About 70,130 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with NHL in 2012.
Age and NHL
- From age 20 to 24 years, the rate of NHL is about 2.4 cases per 100,000 population
- From age 60 to 64 years, the rate increases to 45.7 cases per 100,000 population
- From age 80 to 84 years, the rate increases to 118.7 cases per 100,000 population
Children and NHL
- In 2012, children and adolescents younger than 15 years will constitute 4 percent of all NHL cases expected to be diagnosed.
- NHL accounts for 7.1 percent of all childhood cancers.
Gender and NHL
- More males than females tend to be diagnosed with NHL.
- Of the 70,130 people expected to be diagnosed with NHL in 2012, 38,160 are expected to be males and 31,970, females.
Race and Ethnicity and NHL
- Blacks, from the mid-to-late teen years to the mid-50's, have higher incidence rates of NHL than whites. However, beginning at age 55 years, whites generally have considerably higher incidence rates of NHL than blacks.
- Among women, NHL is most common in white females, followed by Hispanic females.
- NHL is the fifth most common cancer among male and female Hispanics.
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Friday, April 19, 2013