Key Statistics for Hodgkin Lymphoma

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for Hodgkin lymphoma in the United States for 2018 are:

  • About 8,500 new cases (3,660 in females and 4,840 in males)
  • About 1,050 deaths (430 females, 620 males) from this cancer

Both children and adults can develop Hodgkin lymphoma, but it's 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 old. But it's the most common cancer diagnosed in teenagers ages 15 to 19 years.

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%. Certain factors such as the stage (extent) of Hodgkin lymphoma and a person’s age affect these rates. For more, see Survival Rates for Hodgkin Lymphoma by Stage.

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

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Last Medical Review: May 1, 2018 Last Revised: May 1, 2018

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