Leukemia statistics are available on websites for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Leukemia Research Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. Statistical data is also provided by the National Cancer Institute.
As of 2015, more than 327,000 people are living with leukemia each year. It causes more deaths among children and young adults under the age of 20 than any other type of cancer, according to the Leukemia Research Foundation. Leukemia is diagnosed in adults 10 times more than in children, and it is the most common cancer found in Hispanic children and adolescents.
There are different cases of leukemia, including acute lymphoblastic, chronic lymphocytic, acute myeloid, and chronic myeloid, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Although there are many types, leukemia is primarily grouped by how fast it worsens and what cells it affects. The groups are acute or chronic, and lymphocytic or myelogenous, says WebMD.
The American Cancer Society estimates that there are 54,270 new cases of leukemia in 2015, with acute myeloid leukemia accounting for over 20,000 of the new cases. Acute myeloid leukemia occurs mostly in adults over the age of 45, with 67 being the typical age of a patient with leukemia. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia primarily affects older adults. It is rarely seen in adults under age 40 and is extremely rare in children. Chronic myeloid leukemia accounts for under 10 percent of leukemia cases, only occurring in four out of 1 million people in the United States.