Saturday, March 27, 2010

Closed Circuit to Dr. Bolan Woodward: MD? Yes... Statistician? Not so much...

Doctor, from your commercial currently airing:

"One in eight women in the US will develop breast cancer this year."

Um, no.  Stop and think about that for a second...  Are you actually suggesting that 12 1/2% of American women get breast cancer EACH YEAR?  Obviously not.

I refer you to the website of the American Cancer Society:

"The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is a little less than 1 in 8 (12%)."

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything, Kent. 14% of people know that.
---Homer J. Simpson

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