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Know Your Chances: Interactive Risk Charts to Put Cancer in Context

It's difficult to read a newspaper or magazine, watch television, or surf the Internet without hearing about cancer. Unfortunately, these messages are often missing basic facts needed for people to understand their chance of cancer: the magnitude of the chance and how it compares with the chance of other diseases.

Risk charts present these basic facts by showing the chance of dying from a variety of cancer and other diseases over specific time frames. Because age, sex and race are so important in determining your chances, the charts let you account for these factors. While other factors make an important difference (like smoking or having a serious disease run in your family), the numbers from the charts will get you into the right ballpark.

Sample data illustration showing the chance of surviving over the next 10 years. 68 year old black male, 65% chance of survival. 54 year old white female, 86% chance of survival.

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Choose from one of the four risk charts offered below.

Big Picture Charts

Ready made charts with the 10-year chance of dying from major causes.

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Create Custom Charts

Select the causes of death and time frame for the chart.

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Your Chances

Display the chances of dying from the most common causes based on age, race and sex.

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Special Cancer Tables

Compare the risk of diagnosis and death for specific cancers.

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