"Lifetime risk refers to the probability that an individual, over the course
of a lifetime, will develop cancer or die from it. In the US, men have a 1
in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer, and for women the risk is 1 in 3."
Dale, this suggests to me that the roughly 1 in 2 risk referred to
previously in the discussion below is NOT an urban legend, but fact. I
imagine that the ACS statistic is a good a one as any for an authoritative
source to cite.
If the Ames in the other site Dale mentioned is the infamous Bruce Ames, I'd
take anything from THAT page with a healthy dose of skepticism....
>> I have seen this statistic not only on lists, but also in some printed
>> articles, that the probability an American will develop cancer within
>> her/his lifetime is now 1 in 2. But I have not seen so far an
>> authoritative source cited. I imagine there's one, we've just got to
>> search for it.
>This is sort of an urban legend as far as I can tell. See:
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