Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin - Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 12/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with NHL each year. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

This year, an estimated 72,240 people (40,080 men and 32,160 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with NHL. While some subtypes of NHL are common in children, NHL is far more common in adults and risk increases with age. Approximately 50 percent of patients are age 66 or older.  NHL is the seventh most common cancer in both men and women. The disease accounts for 4% of all cancers in the United States.

It is estimated that 20,140 deaths (11,450 men and 8,690 women) from this disease will occur this year. It is the ninth most common cause of cancer death among both men and women. The survival rate has been improving since the late 1990s, thanks to treatment advances.

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 overall 5-year survival rate for people with NHL is 69%. For men, the 5-year survival rate is 69%. For women, it’s 72%. The overall 10-year survival rate is 59%. These survival rates vary depending on the cancer’s stage and subtype.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with NHL are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, and the ACS website.

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