Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2019

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.

This year, an estimated 74,200 people (41,090 men and 33,110 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. NHL is the seventh most common cancer in both men and women. The disease accounts for 4% of all cancers in the United States.

It is estimated that 19,970 deaths (11,510 men and 8,460 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 the late 1990s, thanks to treatment advances. From 2007 to 2016, the death rate decreased by 2 percent 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 71%. For men, the 5-year survival rate is 69%. For women, it’s 72%. For stage I NHL, the 5-year survival rate is almost 82%. For stage II the 5-year survival rate is 75% and for stage III it is 69%. For stage IV NHL, the 5-year survival rate is almost 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 2019 and Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, the ACS website (January 2019), and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. 

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