Lymphoma - Hodgkin: Statistics

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

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 8,480 people (4,690 men and 3,790 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. From 2007 to 2016, the number of people diagnosed with this disease dropped 1.5% each year.

It is estimated that 970 deaths (570 men and 400 women) from this disease will occur this year. The survival rate has been going up since around 1975, thanks to treatment improvements. From 2008 to 2017, 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 in early adulthood, particularly people in their 20s. Approximately 2,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed in people age 20 to 29 this year. 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 13% 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 is 87%. If the cancer is found in its earliest stages, the 5-year survival rate is 92%. 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 78%.

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 2020 and the ACS website (January 2020).

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