1 in 8 is the most over used and misused breast cancer statistic ever. And now it is popping up again. First of all those who have the 1 in 8 chant going in terms of chances of getting breast cancer in your lifetime should understand that the risk greatly increases as you get older. Breast cancer is much rarer in your 30s and 40s.
But now this 1 in 8 odds is popping up in terms of the number of women who can really can attribute their annual mammogram to saving their lives:
"In an analysis published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine,
researchers at Dartmouth estimate that only about 1 in 8 women whose
breast cancer was identified during a routine mammogram actually owe
their lives to the screening."