What Are the Key Statistics About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4% of all cancers. The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are for 2017:

  • About 72,240 people (40,080 males and 32,160 females) will be diagnosed with NHL. This includes both adults and children.
  • About 20,140 people will die from this cancer (11,450 males and 8,690 females).

The average American’s risk of developing NHL during his or her lifetime is about 1 in 50. But each person’s risk can be affected by a number of risk factors.

NHL can occur at any age. In fact, it is one of the more common cancers among children, teens, and young adults. Still, the risk of developing NHL increases throughout life, and more than half of patients are 65 or older at the time of diagnosis. The aging of the American population is likely to lead to an increase in NHL cases during the coming years. 

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

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Last Medical Review: May 31, 2016 Last Revised: January 6, 2017

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