Leukemia survival rate by age
The survival rate is higher for younger patients, and it is one of the most common types of cancers for young patients under the age of 20. However, the diseases is usually more aggressive when it appears in the extremes of life (newborns, infants, and older adults).
Patients under 20 years old have a higher survival rate, and only 2.2% of them die 5 years after diagnosis. As age increases, the risk increases, too. But the survival rate curve changes dramatically after 55 years old when it reaches 12% of deaths.
Then, patients up to 74 years old are 23% likely to die, and when they reach their eighties, the risk increases to 30%. After 84 years old, patients have a lower chance of dying due to leukemia because other causes of death are more common at this age.