Facts and Figures
• Someone is diagnosed with some form of blood cancer every 3 minutes. This year alone, more than 201,870 new cases are expected.
• There are 137 types of blood cancer and related diseases
• It is estimated around 68,000 will die from blood cancer this year
• Leukaemia and lymphoma account for 40% of childhood cancers
• Leukemia is diagnosed 10 times more often in adults than children.
• The most common childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, used to have a 10% survival rate in 1960s. Thanks medical research, the survival rate is now 90%.
• Leukemia can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. However, it is the most common in Hispanic children, but the 5 year relative survival rate is 3-4% lower than non-Hispanic whites.
• Everyday, leukemia takes the lives of 4 out of 10 Leukemia sufferers.
• Nearly 866,000 Americans are living with Hodgkin’s or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
• Every day, lymphoma takes the lives of 26% of Lymphoma sufferers.
• The 7th most common cancer in America is Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
• Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer in young people aged 15 to 24.
• The average american has a 1 in 50 chance of developing NHL during their lifetime (dependent on other risk factors)
• In the US, around 118,539 people are living with myeloma
• An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 people are living with myelodysplastic syndromes in the United States
• 44% of people diagnosed with Myeloma survive to 5 years.
• Myeloma is the biggest killer out of all blood cancers. This was partly due to the lack of understanding of this disease until recently.