Leukemia Statistics

Leukemia Statistics

Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chances of getting cancer or of being cured. Statistics show what happens with large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, statistics cannot be used to know or predict what will happen to a particular person.

These are some 2013 statistics from the American Cancer Society about leukemia:

  • This year, about 48,610 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with leukemia. Of those cases, about 20,660 will be acute leukemia, and about 21,600 will be chronic leukemia.

  • Although commonly thought of as a children's disease, leukemia is diagnosed much more often in adults than children.

  • The most common type of leukemia diagnosed in children is acute lymphocytic leukemia. It accounts for about 3 out of 4 leukemia cases among children.

  • The most common types of leukemia overall are acute myeloid leukemia, with about 14,590 cases each year (most in adults), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, with about 15,680 cases each year (virtually all in adults).

  • There are expected to be about 23,720 deaths this year due to leukemia.

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