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Letters Utility of lifetime risks

In defence of lifetime risk

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1490
  1. Peter D Sasieni, professor1
  1. 1Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  1. p.sasieni{at}

Implicitly, McCartney considers the lifetime risk of disease to be confusing and uninformative.1 But it does provide a useful and understandable summary of risk in a population.

The lifetime risk of breast cancer is a measure of the proportion of the women you know who have …

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