Who Dies From This Cancer?

Death rates from chronic lymphocytic leukemia are higher among older adults, or those 75 and older. People with leukemia have many treatment options, and treatment for leukemia can often control the disease and its symptoms. The number of deaths was 1.3 per 100,000 men and women per year based on 2009-2013 deaths.


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TRENDS IN RATES

Changes Over Time

Keeping track of the number of new cases, deaths, and survival over time (trends) can help scientists understand whether progress is being made and where additional research is needed to address challenges, such as improving screening or finding better treatments.

Using statistical models for analysis, rates for new chronic lymphocytic leukemia cases have been falling on average 1.3% each year over the last 10 years. Death rates have been falling on average 1.3% each year over 2004-2013. 5-year survival trends are shown in Figure 5.

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Source: National Cancer Institute.