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MCL by the numbers today

MAX WOOD, one of the frequent contributors to message board and social media sites about mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), has compiled the following data.  Like me, Max is an MCL survivor.
1. MCL is about .25% of all cancers diagnosed.  Here is how I arrived at this number.  There are about 2M cancer cases a year in the U.S.  There are about 80 forms of NHL and about 75K cases a year.  MCL is about 5% to 6% of all NHL, which works out to be about 5,000 cases a year.  All numbers are rounded and estimates from various sources.
2. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) spends about $5B a year on cancer research.  $122M is spent on NHL.  I have not been able to find numbers for MCL research.
3. Pharma spends about $68B.  I am not clear if this is worldwide or in the U.S.  This is an old number from 2008.
4. Non-profits, which include research groups, universities and other related organizations (LLS, LRF, American Cancer Society, etc.) spend about $100B.  By the way, there are upwards of about …