NHL Statistics

"There are lies, damn lies, and statistics."
Mark Twain

The government [is] extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays. What must be kept ever in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases.

Sir Josiah Stamp

Before you look at these statistics you might consider reading The Median Isn't the Message by Stephen Jay Gould

I have extracted the following statistics relating to NHL from: http://www.nci.nih.gov/public/factbk95/canstat.HTM.

Cancer Moratlity Rates
Changes from 1973 to 1992

ages under 65: 40.5% decrease
ages over   65: 56.1% increase

I read this as current treatment is letting NHL folks live longer, but is not curing NHL.

The Prevalence of Cancer:
Estimated Number of Persons
Diagnosed with NHL
United States, 1995

total = 270,831, males = 134,576, females = 136,255

Esimated New Cancer Cases
and Deaths for NHL
by Sex, 1995

  total males females
new cases: 50.900 29,500 21,400
deaths 22,700 12000 10,700

Average Years of Life Lost
Per Person Dying of NHL
All Races, Both Sexes, 1992

16.3 years

5 Year Relative Survival Rates for NHL
White and Black Patients 1983 to 1991

White = 51.5% -|- Black = 44.7%

Number of Deaths for NHL,
only when it is in the
Top Five Cancers
by Age Group and Sex, 1992(?)

under 15, 5th place, male = 50
15-34, 2nd place, male = 524
15-34, 5nd place, female = 217
35-54, 3rd place, male = 1,740
55-74, 5th place, male = 1,649


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