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What Risk Really Means

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Health experts frequently use statistics in regard to health.

For example, "You have a one in ten-thousand risk of this or that happening".

Should this be worrisome?

In a word -- no.

The following examples will help you get a better handle on what these numbers really mean!

Stats

As you assess REAL risk, keep in mind that the risk of 1 in 1,000,000 is about equal to:

  • The chance you will flip a coin 20 times and get heads 20 tries in a row
  • 30 seconds in a year
  • Less than 1/2-inch in a mile

A risk of 1 in 100,000 is about equal to:

  • The chance you will flip a coin 16 times and get heads 16 tries in a row.
  • Five minutes in a year.
  • 1/2-inch in a mile.

A risk of 1 in 10,000 is about equal to:

  • The chance you will flip a coin 13 times and get heads 13 tries in a row
  • 53 minutes a year
  • 6 inches in a mile

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