Lymphoma - Hodgkin - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2021

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 12% of all cancer cases in this age group. Hodgkin lymphoma is also common in young adults, particularly in their 20s. It is also common 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 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 98%.

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. 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 (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2021 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2020, and the ACS website. Additional source was: Seigel R, et al.: Cancer Statistics 2021. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2021 Jan; 71(1):7-33. doi/full/10.3322/caac.21654 (sources accessed January 2021).

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.