What Are the Key Statistics About Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia?

Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) is rare, with an incidence rate of about 3 cases per million people per year in the United States. About 1,000 to 1,500 people are diagnosed with WM each year in the United States.

WM is almost twice as common in men as it is in women, and it is more common among whites than African Americans.

There are few cases of WM in younger people, but the chance of developing this disease goes up as people get older. The average age at the time of diagnosis of WM is in the mid-60s.

Statistics on survival are discussed in the section “ Survival rates for Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia.”

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