What are the demographics of Waldenström macroglobulinemia?

Updated: May 29, 2020
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Waldenström macroglobulinemia is a relatively rare condition, with the 1500 cases diagnosed per year in the United States accounting for approximately 2% of hematologic malignancies. The incidence rate for Waldenström macroglobulinemia in the United States is higher among whites, with people of African descent representing only 5% of all patients. In the United Kingdom, the annual incidence of the disease is 10.3 per million. [14]

Waldenström macroglobulinemia is a disease of the elderly. Most patients present in the seventh or eighth decade of life. The median age at diagnosis in the United States is 65 years, with a slight male predominance.

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