Lymphoma - Hodgkin - Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 09/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of lymphoma each year. You will also learn some general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu.

This year, an estimated 8,500 people (4,790 men and 3,710 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

It is estimated that 1,120 deaths (640 men and 480 women) from this disease will occur this year. The survival rate has been going up the past 40 years thanks to treatment improvements.

Hodgkin lymphoma affects both children and adults. It is most common in 2 age-groups: ages 15 to 40 (particularly young adults in their 20s) and after age 55.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for people with Hodgkin lymphoma is 86%. The 10-year survival rate is 80%. These survival rates vary depending on the stage and subtype of the disease.

It is important to remember that statistics on how many people survive this type of cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from data based on thousands of people with this cancer in the United States each year. So, your own risk may be different. Doctors cannot say for sure how long anyone will live after treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. This means that the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, and the ACS website.

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