What Are the Key Statistics About Hodgkin Disease?

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

Hodgkin disease can occur in both children and adults. It is most common in early adulthood (ages 15 to 40, especially in a person’s 20s), where it is mostly of the nodular sclerosis subtype, and in late adulthood (after age 55), where the mixed cellularity subtype is more common. Hodgkin disease is rare in children younger than 5 years of age. About 10% to 15% of cases are diagnosed in children and teenagers.

Because of advances in treatment, survival rates have improved in the past few decades. The 1-year relative survival rate for all patients diagnosed with Hodgkin disease is now about 92%; the 5-year and 10-year survival rates are about 86% and 80%, respectively. Certain factors such as the stage (extent) of Hodgkin disease and a person’s age affect these rates. For more detailed survival rates based on the stage of disease, as well as a discussion of other factors that affect survival, 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: July 10, 2014 Last Revised: January 5, 2017

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