Lymphoma - Hodgkin - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2020

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of children and adolescents 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 about 3% of cancer in children under 14. The disease is the most common cancer in adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19, accounting for 13% of all cancer cases in this age group. This year, approximately 800 new cases will be diagnosed in this age group. Hodgkin lymphoma is also common in young adults up to age 40 and in adults older than 55. It is very uncommon in children under age 5.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. The 5-year survival rate for children with Hodgkin lymphoma is 98%. The 5-year survival rate for adolescents is 97%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children and adolescents with Hodgkin lymphoma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on children and adolescents with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 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 publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2020 and the ACS website (January 2020).

The next section in this guide is Medical Illustrations. It offers drawings of body parts often affected by childhood Hodgkin lymphoma. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.