Lymphoma - Hodgkin: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 04/2019

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 8,110 people (4,570 men and 3,540 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

It is estimated that 1,000 deaths (590 men and 410 women) from this disease will occur this year. The survival rate has been going up since around 1975 thanks to treatment improvements. From 2007 to 2016, the death rate dropped 4% annually.

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. Although the disease is rare in children younger than 5, it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in teens ages 15 to 19.

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 87%. The 5-year survival rate for stage I is 92%. The 5-year survival rate for stage II Hodgkin lymphoma is 93%. Approximately 40% of people are diagnosed with this stage. For stage III, the 5-year survival rate is 83% and for stage IV, it is almost 73%.

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. 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 2019, the ACS website, and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database (January 2019).

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