Leukemia - B-cell Prolymphocytic Leukemia and Hairy Cell Leukemia: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2015

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This year, an estimated 54,270 people of all ages (30,900 men and boys and 23,370 women and girls) in the United States will be diagnosed with leukemia. HCL accounts for about 2% of all leukemia diagnoses. An estimated 14,620 people (8,140 men and boys and 6,480 women and girls) in the United States will be diagnosed with CLL this year, though CLL is rare in children. It is estimated that 4,650 deaths (2,380 men and 1,820 women) from CLL will occur this year.

There are no current estimates for how many people develop PLL.

Cancer statistics should be interpreted with caution. Estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with chronic B-cell leukemia. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts and Figures 2015, and the ACS website.

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