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Study backs mammograms for women 50 to 69

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September 17, 2012

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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Georgia E
September 20, 2012

If only 9 women out of 1000 will develop breast cancer why are we always told that 1 in 9 develop it? Something seems way off.

P.J. Skerrett
September 20, 2012

The 1 in 9 statistic you mention is the lifetime risk for breast cancer, meaning the chance that a women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The 9 in 1,000 mentioned in the post refers to women having mammograms in a single year.

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