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What is the rate of incidence for hematologic cancers?

Hematologic cancers are currently responsible for approximately 9.5 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in the United States. Approximately one person is diagnosed with hematologic cancer every 4 minutes. It is estimated that approximately 139,860 people were diagnosed with hematologic cancers in 2009 in the United States. This corresponds to an incidence rate of about 40.1 per 100,000 population per year. The estimated incidence rates for the main types of hematologic cancer in 2009 were: 12.2 per 100,000 population per year for leukemia, 22.3 for lymphoma, and 5.6 for myeloma. The incidence rates for hematologic cancers have increased in recent years.

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