Lymphoma - Hodgkin - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 02/2022

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

Hodgkin lymphoma makes up 3% of cancer in children 14 and under. The disease is the most common cancer in teens between the ages of 15 and 19, accounting for 11% of all cancer cases in this age group. Hodgkin lymphoma is also common in young adults, particularly those who are in their 20s. It is also common in adults older than 55. It is rare in children under age 5.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children and teens live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for children 14 and under with Hodgkin lymphoma is 99%. The 5-year survival rate for teens ages 15 to 19 is 97%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children and teens with Hodgkin lymphoma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on children and teens with this cancer in the United States. The survival rates for Hodgkin lymphoma on this page are based on people diagnosed between 2010 and 2016. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every several years. This means the estimate may not reflect the results of advancements in how childhood Hodgkin lymphoma is diagnosed or treated from the last 5 years. Talk with your child’s doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society's (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2022, and the ACS website. Additional source wasSeigel R, et al.: Cancer Statistics 2022. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2022 Jan; 72(1):7-33. doi/full/10.3322/caac.21708. (All sources accessed January 2022.)

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