People with leukemia have many treatment options, and treatment for leukemia can often control the disease and its symptoms. The overall 5-year survival rate for patients with leukemai during the period 2007-2013 was 60.6%.
Death rates from leukemia are higher among the elderly and the percent of leukemia deaths is highest among people aged 75-84. Death rates have been falling on average 1.0% each year over 2004-2013.
In 2014, there were an estimated 387,728 people living with leukemia in the United States and in 2017 there are an estimated 24,500 people will die of this disease (2).