What Are the Key Statistics About Hodgkin Lymphoma?

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for Hodgkin disease in the United States for 2017 are:

  • About 8,260 new cases (3,610 in females and 4,650 in males)
  • About 1,070 deaths (440 females, 630 males) from this cancer

Both children and adults can develop Hodgkin lymphoma, but it is most common in early adulthood (especially in a person’s 20s). The risk of Hodgkin lymphoma rises again in late adulthood (after age 55). Overall, the average age at the time of diagnosis is 39.

Hodgkin lymphoma is rare in children younger than 5 years of age. About 10% to 15% of cases are diagnosed in children and teenagers.

Survival rates have improved in the past few decades, largely due to advances in treatment. The 5-year relative survival rate for all patients diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma is now about 86%, and the 10-year relative survival rate is about 80%. Certain factors such as the stage (extent) of Hodgkin lymphoma and a person’s age affect these rates. For more on survival rates, see Survival Rates for Hodgkin Disease by Stage.

Visit the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Statistics Center for more key statistics.

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Last Medical Review: February 10, 2017 Last Revised: March 28, 2017

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