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Who gets non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?


  • The risk of developing non-Hodgkin's increases with age, and patients are, on average, 65 years when diagnosed
  • The disease has one of the fastest growing incidence rates among cancers, although the reasons are unknown

Incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

The incidence of a disease is, strictly speaking, the number of new cases every year per head of population. It is a measure of how common the disease is. The incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is increasing substantially, although the reasons for this are unclear. If the number of cases continues to increase at current rates, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma will have an incidence similar to that of breast, colon, lung and skin cancer by the year 2025.

Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma becomes more common with age, and most people who are diagnosed with it are middle-aged or older. The average age at the time of diagnosis is around 65. However, it can occur in younger adults and even in very young children.

The incidence (number of new cases every year) of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is more common with advancing age Incidence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma


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