Key Statistics for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

The American Cancer Society's estimates for leukemia in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 60,300 new cases of leukemia and about 24,370 deaths from leukemia (all kinds)
  • About 20,940 new cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • About 4,510 deaths from CLL

CLL accounts for about one-quarter of the new cases of leukemia. The average person's lifetime risk of getting CLL is about 1 in 175 (0.57%). The risk is slightly higher in men than in women.

CLL mainly affects older adults. The average age at the time of diagnosis is around 70years. It's rarely seen in people under age 40, and is extremely rare in children.

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American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2018. Atlanta, Ga: American Cancer Society; 2018.  

Cancer Stat Facts: Leukemia-Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, 2010-2014.  National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. https://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/clyl.html.  Accessed on January 5, 2018.

SEER Lifetime Risk (Percent) of Being Diagnosed with Cancer by Site and Race/Ethnicity: Both Sexes, 18 SEER Areas, 2012-2014 (Table 1.15) National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Accessed at https://seer.cancer.gov/csr/1975_2014/results_merged/topic_lifetime_risk.pdf on January 5, 2018.

Last Medical Review: May 10, 2018 Last Revised: May 10, 2018

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