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Blood Cancer Facts

Blood Cancer Facts

Anyone can get a blood cancer at any age. Around 30,000 people, from babies to grandparents, are diagnosed with blood cancer every year in the UK. As a leading UK blood cancer charity, we have access to a great deal of information about different blood cancers, who they affect and what can be done about it.

If you have been diagnosed with a blood cancer or know someone who has then have a look at our patient information section. We have a wealth of information, advice and support available to you and you can read patient stories from some truly inspiring people and find out about their journey through cancer.

We’ve included some key facts below and you can also find out about our key blood cancer research achievements, current blood cancer research and blood cancer clinical trials. Alternatively please contact us for more detailed information.


  • Of the 7,600 cases of leukaemia diagnosed in the UK every year, 94% are adults.
  • We are leading research into tailoring treatments so that rather than a one size fits all approach, every patient in the future will receive the individual treatment they need.
  • Find out more about leukaemia or download a patient booklet.

Childhood leukaemia

  • Childhood leukaemia is the most common form of blood cancer, and cancer full stop, in children.
  • In 1960 when Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was founded, a child diagnosed with leukaemia had almost no hope of survival. Today 9 out of 10 children survive the most common form of leukaemia thanks to our continued investment in research into better treatments.
  • Find out more about childhood leukaemia or download a patient booklet.


  • Around 11,700 people in the UK are diagnosed with lymphoma every year. Lymphoma is challenging to treat mainly because there are so many different types (over 35) of this blood cancer.
  • Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer in young people aged 15 to 24.
  • Thanks to our pioneering research, doctors are able to diagnose lymphoma more accurately which means every lymphoma patient receives the best possible care.
  • Find out more about lymphoma or download a patient booklet.

Other blood cancers

Over 5,300 people are diagnosed with other blood disorders in the UK every year. These disorders are more difficult to treat because they vary so much from patient to patient.

We are integrating insights from laboratory research with information from patients on clinical trials to improve the diagnosis of these blood disorders. Accurate diagnosis will mean that patients receive better treatments. Find out about other blood disorders or download a patient booklet.

Further information

If you’re a member of the press and you need further information about blood cancers or want to speak to an expert; please feel free to contact our press team.

 Number of people diagnosed in the UK    

Disease Children aged 0-14 Young adults aged 15-24 Adults 25+ All ages
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) 370 90 290 750
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) 70 90 2090 2250
Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) - 20 530 550
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) - - 3300 3300
Other leukaemias  20 10  670 700
Leukaemia (total) 460 210 6880 7600
Hodgkin lymphoma 70 250 1330 1650
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma 100 80 8820 9000
Other lymphoproliferative disorders     1050 1050
Lymphoma (total) 170 330 11200 11700
Myeloma (total)     3750 3750
Other blood cancers 10 35 - 45
Myelodysplastic syndromes - - 2000 2000
Myeloproliferative neoplasms - - 3300 3300
Other blood cancers (total) 10 35 5300 5345
All blood cancers (total) 640 575 27130 28345

Source: Yorkshire and Humberside Haematology Research Network

Help us to beat blood cancer

Our mission is to invest in research that most swiftly brings better treatments and cures for all blood cancer patients. To do that we rely on our brilliant supporters who fundraise for us in a multitude of ways, all helping with our aim of beating blood cancer. Find out about the charity fundraising you can do on our behalf, organise a fundraising event, get other fundraising ideas or volunteer for us. Any contribution that you can make to our cause, whether it is your time, taking on a personal challenge or making an online charity donation will all go towards the vital blood cancer research that we carry out.