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The median age at death from acute lymphocytic leukemia is 47 years of age. Other statistics on acute lymphocytic leukemia indicate that the highest number of deaths is in people less than 20 years of age and the lowest number of deaths is in people over 85 years of age.

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Death Statistics: An Overview

One of the greatest success stories in cancer treatment over the past 35 years is the improvement in survival for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In the 1960s, less than 5 percent of children with ALL survived for more than five years. Today, approximately 85 percent of children with ALL live five years or more after diagnosis.
The American Cancer Society estimated that 3,970 people (2,180 men and 1,790 women) would be diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2005. Although acute lymphocytic leukemia is more common in children, adults can also be diagnosed with the disease.
(Click Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for more information.)

More Statistics on ALL Deaths

In the United States, from 1998-2002, the median age at death for acute lymphocytic leukemia was 47 years of age. The percentages of people who died from acute lymphocytic leukemia based on age were:
  • 22.2 percent died under age 20
  • 15.7 percent between 20 and 34
  • 9.6 percent between 35 and 44
  • 10.7 percent between 45 and 54
  • 11.1 percent between 55 and 64
  • 12.9 percent between 65 and 74
  • 12.4 percent between 75 and 84
  • 5.6 percent 85 years of age and older.
On average, 0.5 per 100,000 patients per year die from ALL.
(Click Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia Statistics for more ALL statistics.)
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