Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Overview

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What Is Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma? TOPICS

How many people get non-Hodgkin lymphoma?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) for 2014 are:

  • About 70,800 new cases of NHL
  • About 18,990 deaths from NHL

These numbers include both adults and children. This cancer is slightly more common in men than in women. A person's risk of getting NHL during his or her lifetime is about 1 in 50.

Although some types of NHL are among the most common childhood cancers, more than 9 out of 10 cases occur in adults. The types of NHL found in children are often very different from those seen in adults. For more information, see our document Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Children.


Last Medical Review: 04/18/2013
Last Revised: 04/18/2013