Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin - Statistics

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of lymphoma. 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 on the side of your screen.

This year, an estimated 72,580 people (40,170 men and 32,410 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 overall. NHL is the sixth most common cancer in both men and women.

It is estimated that 20,150 deaths (11,520 men and 8,630 women) from this disease will occur this year, making it the ninth most common cause of cancer death among both men and women. The survival rate has been rising since the late 1990s, thanks to treatment improvements.

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 NHL is 70%. The 10-year survival rate is 60%. These survival rates vary depending on the stage and subtype.

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 with NHL. 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 publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, and the ACS website.

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