Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Who gets Lymphoma and Myeloma?

Who gets Lymphoma?
Approximately 64,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lymphoma in 2005, the vast majority (about 90%) will have non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Of the cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, only 2% will be diagnosed in children. The incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma increases with age. Of cases of Hodgkin lymphoma, only 12 % will be diagnosed in children, and most of these are adolescents. In general, lymphomas are more common in males than in females and more common in Caucasians than African-Americans. Lymphomas are the third most common form of cancer in children (the most common is leukemia, followed by tumors of the central nervous system).

Who gets Myeloma?
Approximately 16,000 new cases of myeloma were diagnosed in the US in 2005. The median age at diagnosis is 70 yrs of age; cases are rare in adults less than age 45. The highest rates are found in African-American men over the age of 80 yrs. As with the other forms of blood cancers, myeloma is more common in men than women.

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