What cancer statistics actually mean


7 Responses to “What cancer statistics actually mean”

  1. Glen Able says:

    The HERP cancer study ( http://potency.berkeley.edu/pdfs/herp.pdf ) is a fascinating attempt at quantifying risk.  It attempts to rank the likely carcinogenic effects of a number of substances *when lifetime exposure is taken into account*.   So it’s amusing to see polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) way down the list, between hamburgers and toast.  Alcoholic beverages, coffee and lettuce are orders of magnitude higher…

    However, this is all based on rodent studies, so YMMV.

  2. albet thoreau says:

    Totally understand your point of view, but the problem of misunderstandig arise when politician or clinician not familiar with statistic presents data. Epidemiologists or clinical statisticians usually are much more carefull in presenting problems related to cancer statistics and know very well if a confidence interval or a meta-analysis should follow presented data. The point is : at which  level comunication between these figures and people fails?

  3. digi_owl says:

    Statistics, hammering the screws of society…

  4. Ryan Lenethen says:

    Summary: If you want to understand Statistics, you should learn about Statistics.  Read up on Cause VS Causality as well. Otherwise reading too much into statistical analysis may be misleading.

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