Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia (Lymphoplasmacytic Lymphoma): Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 02/2022

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia 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.

Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia is uncommon. Each year, an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 adults in the United States are diagnosed with the disease. 

The chance of developing Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia increases as people get older. The average age of diagnosis is 70. The disease is less common in women than men and is far less common in Black people than White people.

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 5-year survival rate for people with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia is about 78%. However, it is important to note that survival rates vary based on a number of individual factors, including the patient’s age, how advanced the disease is at the time of diagnosis, and whether the patient has other medical problems.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia 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. This means the estimate may not reflect the results of advancements in how Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia is diagnosed or treated from the last 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 website. (Source accessed January 2022.)

The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It describes the factors that may increase the chance of developing Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.