- All-cancer incidence increased by only 19% between 1998 and 2018 in the USA. In contrast, the incidence of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) was reported to have risen by 146% between 1998 and 2018, with increases of 52% from 2006 to 2007 and 29% from 2015 to 2016.
- The incidence of CLL is now more than 22,000 new cases of CLL diagnosed every year in the USA, but the prevalence (the number of all living patients with CLL) is growing even faster as we are living longer and fewer patients are dying than are being newly diagnosed.
- The prevalence of CLL is projected to increase from 120,000 in 2011 to 180,000 in 2025
- CLL accounts for about one-quarter of the new cases of leukemia.
Dr. Brian Koffman, a well-known retired doctor, educator, and clinical professor turned patient has dedicated himself to teaching and helping the CLL community since his diagnosis in 2005. He serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the CLL Society Inc.
Originally published in The CLL Tribune Q3 2019.