Predicting a Woman's Risk of Cancer

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By Molly Clifton

Top cancer researchers say they’ve come up with a new math model to predict a woman’s risk of breast, ovarian and womb cancer.

The predictions are based on common risk factors such as the number of children a woman had, her body mass index, her use of oral contraceptives and her menopausal status.

For example, a woman’s chances of getting endometrial cancer during the next 20 years is anywhere from less than one percent to nearly 30 percent, depending on her risk factors.

 

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