Who is affected by non-Hodgkin's lymphoma?

Approximately 55,000 new cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) are diagnosed each year in the United States, and about 20,000 people die annually from the disease.1

  • The likelihood of getting NHL increases with age.
  • NHL is more common in:
    • People who have an inherited immune deficiency, an autoimmune disease, or HIV or AIDS.
    • People who take immunosuppressant medications following an organ transplant.
    • White males. NHL is less common in women and in Japanese and Chinese Americans, Native Americans, and Hispanics.

The highest rates of NHL occur in the United States, Europe, and Australia. The lowest rates occur in Asia.


  1. Fisher RI, et al. (2005). Non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. In VT DeVita Jr et al., eds., Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 7th ed., pp. 1957–1997. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Williams.

Last Updated: April 22, 2008

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