Key Statistics for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Children

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) accounts for about 5% of all childhood cancers. Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for about another 3%.

In children up to age 14, most lymphomas are non-Hodgkin lymphomas, with about 500 of these cancers being diagnosed in the United States each year. If all children and teens up to age 19 are included, the numbers of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas are about equal, and there are about 800 cases of NHL diagnosed each year.

NHL is about 2 to 3 times more common in boys than in girls, and it is more common in white children than black children.

About 2% of all NHLs occur in children and teens.

Overall, the risk of NHL in children increases with age. It can occur at any age but is uncommon in children younger than 3.

Statistics on survival can be found in Survival Rates for Childhood Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

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Last Medical Review: June 20, 2017 Last Revised: January 8, 2020

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