lifetime risk

A measure of the risk that a certain event will happen during a person’s lifetime.  In cancer research, it is usually given as the likelihood that a person who is free of a certain type of cancer will develop or die from that type of cancer during his or her lifetime.  For example, a woman with no known risk factors for breast cancer has a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer of about 12%.  This means one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime.

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