Incidence of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Age Group: The incidence of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia increases significantly among people who are older than 50 years of age. Majority of the affected patients are over 60 years. The disease is not prevalent among children.
Ethnicity: CLL is more common among the Jewish people of East European descent and is rather uncommon in Asia, including India. It is prevalent among the white population than in the blacks. Each year, on an average, about 10,000 people in the US are diagnosed with CLL.
Sex: Men are inflicted by the condition 2 - 3 times, more often, than women. Incidence rates for all categories of leukemia are higher among males in comparison to females.
The Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), enlists CLL as a ‘rare’ disease. This means that chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or its subtype affects less than 2 lakh people in the United States.