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Who Is Affected by Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma


Who Is Affected by Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Approximately 66,000 new cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) are diagnosed each year in the United States, and about 19,500 people die annually from the disease.1

  • The likelihood of getting NHL increases with age.
  • NHL is more common in:
    • People who have an inherited immune deficiency, an autoimmune disease, or HIV or AIDS.
    • People who take immunosuppressant medicines following an organ transplant.
    • White males. NHL is less common in women and in Japanese and Chinese Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics.

The highest rates of NHL occur in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The lowest rates occur in Asia.

References

Citations

  1. American Cancer Society (2009). Cancer Facts and Figures 2009. Available online: http://www.cancer.org/downloads/STT/500809web.pdf.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDouglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
Last RevisedApril 19, 2010

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