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Glossary of Terms

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Risk

Definition: A way of expressing the chance that something will happen. It is a measure of the association between exposure to something and what happens (the outcome). Risk is the same as probability, but it usually is used to describe the probability of an adverse event. It is the rate of events (such as breast cancer) in the total population of people who could have the event (such as women of a certain age).

Example: For example, the risk of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8, or 13 percent.

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