Originally Posted by ddrmaxromance
Finally, an interesting tidbit:
Chances of getting cancer: 1 in 2 for men. 2 in 3 for women.
At the chance of veering way off topic for a Detroit HDTV forum, I have had some epidemiology and biostatistics in my dim past so I have to mention that the number they use describes 'risk' in the population as a whole
. It does not
apply to any single individual. You can read way more than you ever wanted to know about this and more at the SEER site: http://seer.cancer.gov/statistics/
A Mayo Clinic article snippet sums it best:
"Risk statistics can be frustrating because they can't tell you your own specific risk of cancer. Just because studies have found that men have a nearly 50 percent chance of developing cancer in their lifetimes doesn't mean that your risk, if you're a man, is 50 percent. Your individual risk is based on many different factors, such as your habits, your family history of cancer and the environment in which you live."
From "Cancer risk: What the numbers mean"http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cancer/CA00053
(P.S. I'm not saying you shouldn't contribute!)