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12 Facts about Blood Cancer

2012-09-18



  1. Leukemia accounts for about 33% of cancer cases in children aged 0-14.
  2. An estimated 1,340 cancer deaths are expected to occur among children aged 0-14 in 2012—about one-third of them from leukemia.
  3. Leukemia is the leading cause of death by disease in children up to age 14. The good news – mortality rates for childhood cancer have decreased by 66% since 1969.
  4. The 5-year survival rate for childhood leukemia is 91%. for the most common form (acute lymphocytic leukemia, A.L.L.).
  5. Leukemia is diagnosed 10 times more often in adults than in children.
  6. Due to advances in treatment, there has been a dramatic improvement in survival for people with acute lymphocytic leukemia, from a 5-year relative survival rate of 41% in 1975 to 1977 to 67% in 2001 to 2007 in adults. Survival rates for children with acute lymphocytic leukemia have increased from 58% to 91% over the same time period.
  7. Since the early 1970s, incidence rates for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have nearly doubled.
  8. The 1-year relative survival rates for Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are 92% and 81% respectively; the 5-year rates are markedly lower at 84% and 67%; 10-year survival is 81% and 56% respectively.
  9. Blood cancer does not discriminate; it can effect any age, any race, any gender, any time.Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the 7th most common cancer in the US.
  10. An estimated 12,000 new cases of MDS will be diagnosed this year. Most patients with MDS are older than 60 years of age. The number of new cases seems to be going up, perhaps because our population is getting older and there are more cancer survivors who have had chemotherapy, an important risk factor for MDS.
  11. Every day 129 are diagnosed with leukemia and 60 lose the fight
  12. Every day 216 Americans are diagnosed with lymphoma and 55 lose the fight.

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