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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.
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last updated on Friday, September 12, 2014
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