Some people use statistics to try to figure out their chances of getting leukemia. Others use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured or how long they will survive. However, statistics only show what happens to large groups of people. Because no two people are alike, you can’t use statistics to predict what might happen to you. Statistics only give an idea of the general trend among a group. When you review statistics, make sure they are very recent because treatments improve and statistics change over time.
These statistics about acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) are from the American Cancer Society:
About 6,020 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with ALL in 2014. About one out of three of these people are adults. The rest are expected to be children.
African-Americans are less likely than white people to get ALL.
The risk for getting ALL is highest in children younger than 5 years of age and in people older than 50.
About 1,440 people are expected to die from ALL in the U.S. in 2014. Most of these deaths are expected to occur among adults.