THE MICHAEL MAGRO FOUNDATION

About Blood Cancers

  • Blood cancers are the third most fatal form of cancer in North America (behind lung and colon)
  • Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children under the age of 20
  • Nearly 1.2 million people in the US are currently living with, or are in remission from, a blood cancer
  • Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed – more than 156,420 new cases are expected this year 
  • The five-year survival rate for children under the age of 15 with the most common form of leukemia (ALL) went from 3% in the 1960’s to 92% today
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (HL) is now considered one of the most curable forms of cancer with a five-year survival rate of 88% in 2010
  • The five-year survival rate for NHL patients rose from 31% in 1963 to 71.2% in 2010

Statistics from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)