Monday, October 26, 2009

it's all about the numbers

the lifetime risk of a woman developing breast cancer is one out of nine. women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer have a survival rate of 98%, overall. however, according to the supertest, women with my extra-special type of tumor have a "distant recurrance" rate of 20%. that means that their chance of developing metastasis is one out of five. chemo reduces that risk to 14% or one out of seven. having great medical care and no other major problems reduces it a little bit more.

chance of anyone dying from a shark attack: 1 in 300,000,000. no wonder we don't have shark attack awareness month.

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