Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2014

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

This year, an estimated 71,850 people (39,850 men and 32,000 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with NHL. While some subtypes of NHL are common in children, NHL is more common in adults overall. NHL is the sixth most common cancer in women and the sixth most common cancer in men.

It is estimated that 19,790 deaths (11,480 men and 8,310 women) from this disease will occur this year, making it the eighth most common cause of cancer death among women and the ninth most common cause of cancer death in men.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. The five-year survival rate of patients with NHL is 69%. The 10-year survival rate is 59%. These survival rates vary depending on the subtype.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with different types and subtypes of lymphoma in the United States and may not apply to a single person or type of lymphoma. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with NHL. Because the survival statistics are often measured in multi-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2015.

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