American Cancer Society estimates 60,900 new case of lymphoma in the
year 2002. Of these, 53,900 are expected to be non-Hodgkin's lymphomas
and 7,000 cases of Hodgkin's disease. Along this estimates, 25,800 people
will die of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 1,400 of Hodgkin's disease in
the year 2002. Since the year 1970, the incidence of lymphomas nearly
doubled. A stabilization of this trend in the years 1992-98 was observed
(except in black females) and there was a decline of Hodgkin's disease
incidence since late 1980's. Despite these favorable trends, lymphomas
remain a serious medical problem affecting thousands of individuals.
The SPORE program introduced Lymphoma SPOREs in the year 2001. As a
result, two Lymphoma SPOREs have been funded in the year 2002.