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What are the chances that the average will get some type of cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 40-50%

It depends what resource you look at but estimates are around 45% for men and about 40% for women that you will get some type of cancer over your lifetime.
The variation in numbers is often related to what is exactly included in the definition of cancer (i.e. Invasive disease only or if in situ disease is included as well).

In brief: 40-50%

It depends what resource you look at but estimates are around 45% for men and about 40% for women that you will get some type of cancer over your lifetime.
The variation in numbers is often related to what is exactly included in the definition of cancer (i.e. Invasive disease only or if in situ disease is included as well).
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Morton Levitt
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lifetime Risk of CA

Overall, in an "average" person without any family history of malignancy, or certain hereditary conditions, the lifetime risk of developing cancer is about 45%, and about 25% of dying from that cancer. Sobering statistics to say the least.

In brief: Lifetime Risk of CA

Overall, in an "average" person without any family history of malignancy, or certain hereditary conditions, the lifetime risk of developing cancer is about 45%, and about 25% of dying from that cancer. Sobering statistics to say the least.
Dr. Morton Levitt
Dr. Morton Levitt
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