Navigation Links
Researchers Update Risk-of-Death Charts
Date:6/10/2008

Authors hope it will encourage disease/prevention efforts

TUESDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Regardless of the cause, American men have a greater chance of dying then women, and smoking increases any adult's risk of death just as if five years were suddenly added to their age, according to new risk of death charts.

The charts, to be published in the June 10 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute show an American's risk of dying from a given cause in the next 10 years. The charts are grouped by age, sex and smoking status.

"The risk charts provide two basic elements that people need if they are to make sense of the health threats they face: the magnitude of the risk and some context," the authors wrote. "We hope that the availability of these simple charts will facilitate physician-patient discussion about disease risk and help people understand where to focus risk reduction efforts."

According to the charts:

  • For men who have never smoked, heart disease presents their greatest risk for death at any age, exceeding the odds of dying from lung, colon and prostate cancer combined.
  • Male smokers face a lung cancer risk that is greater than the odds of heart disease taking their lives after age 60, and is tenfold higher than the chance of dying from prostate and colon cancer combined.
  • The chance of dying from heart disease and breast cancer are similar for nonsmoking women until age 60, when heart disease becomes a greater risk.
  • For female smokers, dying from lung cancer or heart disease is more likely than dying from breast cancer after age 40.

Researchers developed the new charts based on the National Center for Health Statistics Multiple Cause of Death Public Use File for 2004. Unlike previous years, the study now includes former smokers in a separate category.

In an accompanying editorial in the journal, researchers discussed how doctors can best use these charts, saying that just posting them in a physician's waiting room may spark a conversation between patients and the care providers.

"The risk estimates provided bring us a step closer to the goal of communicating effectively about risk in the context of routine medical care. The next steps could involve collaboration with other risk communication researchers to personalize this information and deliver it in ways that maximize its impact on health behaviors," the editorialists concluded.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, news release, June 10, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers uncover higher prevalence of periodontal disease in rheumatoid arthritis patients
2. Rutgers researchers show how the brain can protect against cancer
3. Researchers block transmission of malaria in animal tests
4. U-M researchers discover traits of aggressive form of prostate cancer
5. 2collab Survey Reveals That Scientists and Researchers are "All Business" With Social Applications
6. Researchers determine risk factors for infection after liver transplantation
7. Researchers ID Inflammation-Fighting Pathway in Fat Cells
8. Virginia Tech researchers find human virus in chimpanzees
9. Brown researchers work toward ending cartilage loss
10. NARSAD researchers identify specific genes and family traits linked to mental illnesses
11. Researchers identify proteins making up mechanosensitive ion channels
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the ... save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission ... of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. ... a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ), one ... an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides optimal ... controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that is ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Information about ... intend to develop to enable prevention of a major side effect of chemotherapy ... especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, hearing loss is FDA listed on-label as ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric ... peers in Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of ... Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers for Disease Control ... of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across ... NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the end of ... by certain health insurance regulations. ... best time to get a flu shot is by the end of ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , Oct. 2, 2017  Eli Lilly ... its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 ... a conference call on that day with the investment ... performance. The conference call will begin at ... public can access a live webcast of the conference ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... The Rebound mobile app is poised to become ... tide of prescription drug addiction. The app empowers users to ... stepping down their dosage in a safe, controlled manner while ... the first 100,000 people to sign up will enjoy 3 ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: