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Last Updated: 02/06/19

Leukemia SPOREs

Even though major advances in leukemia diagnosis and treatment were achieved in the last 50 years, especially in childhood leukemia, this group of diseases remains a very serious medical problem. According to the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program data, it is estimated that in 2018 there will be a total of 60,300 new cases of leukemia in the U.S. (3.5% of all new cancer cases) and that 24,370 people will die of this disease. Approximately 1.5 percent of men and women will be diagnosed with leukemia at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 SEER data. In 2015, there were an estimated 405,815 people living with leukemia in the United States. The first round of SPORE applications in leukemia took place in 2002, with the subsequent award of the first Leukemia SPORE in 2003.