Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia: Statistics

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Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia is uncommon. Each year, an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 adults in the United States are diagnosed with the disease. The chance of developing Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia increases as people age, and the average age people are diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia is in the mid-60s.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. The overall five-year survival rate of people with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia is about 78%. 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 United States, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics from the American Cancer Society.

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