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Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL): Statistics

What are statistics?

Statistics are numbers that are used to measure certain things. Some people use statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of recovery. Because no two people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They don’t take into account a person's own risk factors. These may include family history, behaviors, or not having cancer screenings. If you have questions, talk with your healthcare provider.

What are the statistics for acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)?

Here are some statistics about ALL:

  • About 6,590 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with ALL in 2016. 

  • About 4 out of 10 cases of ALL occur in adults. The rest occur in children.

  • The risk for ALL is highest in children under age 5 and adults over age 50.

  • African-Americans are less likely to get ALL.

  • About 1,430 people in the U.S. will die from ALL in 2016. Most of these deaths will be adults. 


Source: American Cancer Society 


Online Medical Reviewer: Alteri, Rick, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Cunningham, Louise, RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Gersten, Todd, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016
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