Lymphoma - Non-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 NHL 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.

NHL is the seventh most common cancer in both men and women. The disease accounts for 4% of all cancers in the United States.

This year, an estimated 77,240 people (42,380 men and 34,860 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with NHL. While some subtypes of NHL are common in children, NHL is far more common in adults and risk increases with age. Over half of patients are age 65 or older when diagnosed. About 4,600 people ages 15 to 39 will be diagnosed with NHL this year.

It is estimated that 19,940 deaths (11,460 men and 8,480 women) from this disease will occur this year. It is the ninth most common cause of cancer death among both men and women. The survival rate has been improving since 1997, thanks to treatment advances. From 2008 to 2017, the death rate decreased by 2% annually.

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. The overall 5-year survival rate for people with NHL is 72%.  

For stage I NHL, the 5-year survival rate is more than 82%. For stage II the 5-year survival rate is 75% and for stage III it is 70%. For stage IV NHL, the 5-year survival rate is more than 62%. These survival rates vary depending on the cancer’s stage and subtype.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with NHL 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) publications, Cancer Facts & Figures 2020 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2017 Special Section on Rare Cancers in Adults, the ACS website, and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program (all sources accessed January 2020).

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