Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chances of getting lymphoma or of being cured. Statistics show what happens to large groups of people. But no 2 people are alike, so statistics can't be used to predict what will happen to a certain person. This is especially true for non-Hodgkin lymphoma because there are many types. How lymphoma progresses depends on the type you have, as well as other factors.
Here are some statistics from the American Cancer Society about non-Hodgkin lymphoma:
About 69,740 people in the U.S. will be told they have non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2013. An estimated 19,020 will die of it.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is among the most common cancers in both men and women.
More than 95% of cases occur in adults. The most common types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma seen in adults are different from those seen in children.
Survival varies widely by type of lymphoma and stage (extent) of disease, but overall about 2 out of 3 people survive at least 5 years after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.