Lymphoma - Hodgkin: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2022

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 8,540 people (4,570 men and 3,970 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. From 2009 to 2018, the number of people diagnosed with this disease dropped by 1.4 % each year. Worldwide, an estimated 83,087 people were diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2020.

It is estimated that 920 deaths (550 men and 370 women) from this disease will occur in the United States this year. The survival rate has been going up since around 1975, thanks to treatment improvements. From 2010 to 2019, the death rate dropped by 4.5% every year. In 2020, an estimated 23,376 people worldwide died from Hodgkin lymphoma.

Hodgkin lymphoma affects both children and adults. In the United States, it is most common in 2 age groups. The first group is people in early adulthood, particularly people in their 20s. The second is people older than 55. The average age of diagnosis is 39.

Although the disease is rare in children younger than 5, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in teens ages 15 to 19. The disease accounts for 11% of all cancer cases in this age group. Learn more about this disease in children and adolescents.

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 in the United States is 88%. If the cancer spreads regionally, the 5-year survival rate is 94%. If the cancer has spread to different parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate is 82%.

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. 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 Hodgkin lymphoma is diagnosed or treated in recent years. Talk with your 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 Cancer Facts & Figures 2020, the ACS website, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer website. Additional source was: Seigel 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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