The disconnect between the facts and women’s beliefs about breast cancer was shown again in a USA Today story. Excerpts:
“A vast majority of American women plan to ignore controversial new recommendations about mammograms, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows. The poll also shows that most women sharply overestimate their risk of developing the disease. …
Forty percent of women estimate that a 40-year-old’s chance of developing breast cancer over the next decade is 20% to 50%. The real risk is 1.4%, according to the National Cancer Institute.”
Is it any wonder that women say they’ll ignore the USPSTF recommendations when they over-estimate their own risk by such a huge degree! And such over-estimation of risk is not new – having been reported consistently through the years.
The story includes this chart, with figures that get lost in the rhetoric.