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Leukemia Statistics 

Leukemia is very common all over the world. Worldwide, leukemia accounts for about 3% of million cancer deaths. In the United States alone, about 265,000 people live with leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 44,790 men and women (25,630 men and 19,160 women) were diagnosed with leukemia in 2009; nearly 21,870 men and women died of it.

The incidence however, varies by age and sex. From 2002-2006, the median age at diagnosis for leukemia was 66 years of age; thus, the percentages and ages of people diagnosed were approximately:

·         11.1% were under age 20;  

·         4.7% between 20 and 34;  

·         5.5% between 35 and 44;  

·         10.1% between 45 and 54;  

·         15.0% between 55 and 64;  

·         19.8% between 65 and 74;  

·         23.3% between 75 and 84;  

·         10.5% 85+ years of age. 

 

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