DefinitionThe rate of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Utah per 100,000 population.
NumeratorThe number of incidents of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among Utah population for a specific given time period (ICD-10: C82-C85).
DenominatorPopulation of Utah for a specific period of time.
Data Interpretation IssuesIncidence rates may vary from source to source. This may be due to having more or less updated information or using different population databases.
Why Is This Important?Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer that starts in the lymphoid tissue. Non-Hodgkin lymphomas can occur at any age and are often marked by enlarged lymph nodes, fever, and weight loss. There are many different types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which can be divided into aggressive (fast-growing) and indolent (slow-growing) types and can be classified as either B-cell or T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Some risk factors for developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma are older age, exposure to certain chemicals such as benzene, certain pesticides and herbicides, radiation exposure, weakened immune system, autoimmune disease, certain infections such as HIV, and obesity.^1^ [[br]]
1. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Risk Factors. Cancer.org. [https://www.cancer.org/cancer/non-hodgkin-lymphoma/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html]. Accessed December 19, 2019.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?For years 2012-2016 (the most recent available data) the U.S. non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer age-adjusted incidence rate was 19.2 per 100,000 compared with the Utah rate of 18.4 per 100,000.^2^[[br]]
2. National Cancer Institute. (2019). State Cancer Profiles: Utah. Accessed on January 14, 2020 from [https://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/quick-profiles/index.php?statename=utah].
What Is Being Done?The Utah Leukemia and Lymphoma Society offers many services to those affected by these cancers such as educational information, support groups, advocacy and volunteer opportunities, treatment options, and research information. For more information visit [https://www.lls.org/utah].