> I was curious and went to the ACS site (thanks for the link, Dale)
> and this is
> part of what I read there:
> "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 stand corrected. I think the legend part is that age-adjusted cancer
rates (other than smoking-related) have been increasing. Age adjustment is
important since cancer is, in part, caused by age. As people become
healthier and live longer, cancer rates will go up, all else being equal.
I would encourage people to look at the data.
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