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Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia is uncommon. Each year, an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 adults in the United States are diagnosed with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia. The chance of developing Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia increases as people age, and the average age people are diagnosed with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia is in the late 60s or early 70s.
The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases. The five-year survival rate of people with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia is about 70%. However, it is important to note that survival rates vary based on a number of individual factors, including the patient’s age, how much the disease has spread at the time of diagnosis, and whether the patient has other medical problems.
Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the
Statistics from the American Cancer Society.
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