Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin - Childhood: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 01/2018

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of children and adolescents who are diagnosed with NHL each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

NHL is much more common in adults. Approximately 2% of NHL is diagnosed in children and teens in the United States each year. 

Each year, an estimated 500 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with NHL, accounting for 5% of all cancers in that age group.

When children and teens under age 20 are combined, approximately 800 cases of NHL are diagnosed each year. The risk for the disease increases with age. It is rare in children under 3.

NHL occurs 2 to 3 times more often in boys than girls, and more white children are diagnosed with the disease than black children. 

The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of children live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. Percent means how many out of 100. In general, the 5-year survival rate for children with NHL is about 91%. However, it is important to note that this depends on several factors, including the specific subtype of NHL and the stage of disease. Children with NHL who are alive and disease-free after 5 years are usually considered “cured” because it is rare for childhood NHL to return after that much time.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for children and adolescents with NHL are an estimate. The estimate comes from yearly data based on the number of children and adolescents with this cancer in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. Patients and their parents should talk with their doctor if they have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) publication, Cancer Facts & Figures 2018, the ACS website.

The next section in this guide is Medical Illustrations. It offers drawings of body parts often affected by childhood NHL. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.