Lymphoma - Hodgkin: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 09/2017

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people 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.

This year, an estimated 8,500 people (4,840 men and 3,660 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

It is estimated that 1,050 deaths (620 men and 430 women) from this disease will occur this year. The survival rate has been going up since around 1975 thanks to treatment improvements.

Hodgkin lymphoma affects both children and adults. It is most common in 2 age groups. The first group is people ages 15 to 40, particularly young adults in their 20s. The second is people older than 55. The average age of diagnosis is 39. The disease is rare in children under age 5.

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of people live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. These rates may be affected by the subtype and stage of Hodgkin lymphoma and the age and gender of the patient.

The 5-year survival rate for all people with Hodgkin lymphoma is 86%. The 5-year survival rate for stage I and stage II Hodgkin lymphoma is 90%. For stage III, the 5-year survival rate is 80% and for stage IV, it is 65%.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with Hodgkin lymphoma are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people 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. People should talk with their doctor if they have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, and the ACS website.

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