What is risk?
We face many risks in our daily life, from driving without wearing a seat belt, to the risk of contaminants in the water or food.
And every day we try to minimize or avoid these risks, as shown by in the endless number of magazine articles describing ways to to reduce stress and have healthier diets.
Risk is the probability that something might happen. In cancer this means the probability that the disease might develop. Breast cancer is not an exception.
We know that an estimated 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer, most probably after menopause.
This means that every woman has a chance of developing the disease – the average chance in a population is about 11.1%.
This chance can be drastically increased for women exposed to known.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, but it also has a very high survival rate.