Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

How Common Is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) incidence varies in different populations. Global burden of the disease was estimated in 2013 by using the cancer registries and mortality incidence in 21 world regions, 188 countries by sex from 1990 to 2013. Here are the results:

How Common Is Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

Age-standardized incidence rates per 100,000 in 2013 were seen in developed regions

  • North America 18.28
  • Australia 12.96
  • Western Europe 11.7

Age-specific incidence rates for younger age groups are 44 years. Even though the incidence are higher in developed countries years of life lost per 100,000 were highest in eastern sub-Saharan Africa at 139.43, followed by Caribbean at 127.06 then in North America at 122.39.

Between 1990 to 2013 age-standardized incidence rates per 100,000 has increased by 1.58 (44%) and 2.11 (23%) in developing and developed countries. The occurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases are higher in developed countries, but higher mortality rates in younger age groups are seen in developing countries, which is a significant burden upon those countries. A disproportionately low incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in older age individuals from the developing countries point towards under-diagnoses and difference in risk factors.

Worldwide, nearly 386,000 new cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (all subtypes combined) were supposed to have been determined in 2012.

United States

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is one of the most common cancers in United States which accounts for about 4% of all cancers in United States. Following data was retrieved from The American Cancer Society. The occurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in United States from 2010 to 2014:

Annual average rate of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma per 100,000 is 19 for both the sexes. 22.9 are males and 15.8 are females.

The average American’s danger of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma during his or her lifetime is about 1 in 47. But each individual’s risk changes with different risk factors.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can occur at any age but it is more common in children, teens and young adults. The danger of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma increases with age, and more than half of the patient’s with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are more than 65 years.

Australia

In Australia the occurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and mortality rates in females and males are:

  • In 2014 there were total of 4,940 cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 2,780 were males and 2,170 were females. There were 1,435 death from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • In 2015 there were 5,070 cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 2,850 were males and 2,220 were females. There were 1,440 deaths in that year.
  • In 2016 there were total of 5,200 cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 2,930 were males and 2,270 were females. There were 1,445 death from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • In Australia 4000 people are diagnosed yearly with a type of B-cell or T-cell lymphoma. It’s the sixth most common type of cancer in men and the fifth most common type of cancer in women.

United Kingdom

  • There are around 13,700 new non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases in the UK every year, that's 38 every day (2013-2015) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the 6th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 4% of all new cancer cases (2015).
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the 7th most common cancer, with around 7,500 new cases in men in 2015. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the 7th most common cancer, with around 6,200 new cases in females in 2015.
  • Incidence rates for non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the UK are highest in people aged 80 to 84 (2013-2015).
  • In the last decade non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma occurrence rates have increased by almost a sixth (16%) in the United Kingdom. Rates in men have increased by a sixth (17%), and rates in women have increased by around a seventh (15%).

Summary

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) age-standardized incidence rates per 100,000 in 2013 were seen in developed regions with highest in North America 18.28, second highest in Australasia 12.96, and third in Western Europe 11.7. The occurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in United States from 2010 to 2014: annual average rate of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma per 100,000 is 19 for both the sexes. 22.9 are men and 15.8 are women. The average American’s danger of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma during his or her lifetime is about 1 in 47. In Australia there were total of 5,200 cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 2,930 were men and 2,270 were women. There were 1,445 deaths from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the year 2016. There are around 13,700 new non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cases in the United Kingdom each year, that's 38 every day (2013-2015) and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the 6th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 4% of all new cancer cases (2015).

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Last Modified On: November 17, 2018

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