# Chapter 11. Measuring Your Risk of Cancer

## Intro

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Although health experts have not yet been able to write an equation that accurately predicts who is most likely to develop specific cancers, they have identified a number of lifestyle and background factors that are correlated with increased risk. To get a rough estimate of the magnitude of these factors in your risk profile, answer "yes" or "no" to the following American Cancer Society questions.

## Test Yourself

Check Yourself.

### Question 11.1

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{true} setModel("q2", qqMC2 )
{true} setModel("q3", qqMC3 )
{true} setModel("q4", qqMC4)
{true} setModel("q5", qqMC5)
{true} setModel("q6", qqMC6)
{true} setModel("q7", qqMC7)
{true} setModel("q8", qqMC8)
{true} setModel("q9", qqMC9)
{true} setModel("q10", qqMC10)
{true} setModel("q11", qqMC11)
{true} setModel("q12", qqMC12)
{true} setModel("q13", qqMC13)
{true} setModel("q14", qqMC14)
{true} setModel("q15", qqMC15)
{true} setModel("q11", qqMC16)
{true} setModel("q12", qqMC17)
{true} setModel("q13", qqMC18)
{true} setModel("q14", qqMC19)
{true} setModel("q15", qqMC20)
{true} setModel("falsescore17", qqMC1 + qqMC2 + qqMC3 + qqMC4 + qqMC5 + qqMC6 + qqMC7 )
{true} setModel("truescore17", 7 - model.falsescore17 )
{true} setModel("falsescore820", qqMC8 + qqMC9 + qqMC10 + qqMC11 + qqMC12 + qqMC13 + qqMC14 + qqMC15 + qqMC16 + qqMC17 + qqMC18 + qqMC19 + qqMC20 )
{true} setModel("truescore820", 13 - model.falsescore820 )

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 Total: Questions 1-7 {model.truescore17} Yes {model.falsescore17} No Total: Questions 8-20 {model.truescore820} Yes {model.falsescore820} No

Scoring: "Yes" answers to questions 1-7 are associated with an increased cancer risk. "Yes" answers to questions 8-20 are associated with a lower cancer risk. Although no particular score translates into a precise risk estimate, the more "yes" answers to questions 1-7 and fewer "yes" answers to questions 8-20, the greater your overall cancer risk. Examine your responses carefully and ask yourself which risk factors you can change to help improve your chances of remaining cancer-free.