National Breast Cancer Coalition

Truth #11: Most people think they have a higher risk of breast cancer than they actually do

TRUE. Assuming a group of 100 women live until the age of 90, about 12 may develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Overall, a women's lifetime risk of developing cancer is about 1 in 8, however, according to some surveys and studies, many women mistakenly believe that they have a 1 in 8 risk every year.