Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Correction on Statistics

A while back I posted some statistics that the Young Survival Coalition had published and sent out in an appeal letter. I included them in a post titles HOW I RUINED CHRISTMAS? I have put a note next to them with the correction. You can also find more info at
The new and corrected stats that they have posted on their website:

"The latest available 10-year survival statistics are based on treatments through 1993. For those diagnosed between age 25 and 30, the 10-year survival rate is 60%; for those between age 30 and 35, the 10-year survival rate is 65%; for those between 35 and 40, the 10-year survival rate is 70%; and for those diagnosed between age 40 and 45, the 10-year survival rate is 77%."

Compared to the ones they are correcting they still dont sound to hot but its a bit better. Also remember that these stats are based on treatments through 1993 and its now 2007 so I gather they would be better now than in the 60th percentile. The Young Survival Coalition sent out an apology letter for printing this statistic because someone had called it into question and no direct link to published literature could be located. It pisses me off because it was sent in an appeal letter (thats a letter asking for donations) and thats so wrong in my opinion. Scaring someone into giving money, yeah, thats the way to do it. I want to know how a statistic gets published without a studies tied to it? Doesnt anyone question anything anymore? There are so many variables that go along with the study also like how many were involved in the study? What were their prior medical conditions if any? From what demagraphic were these women taken? And so much more. So what I am trying to say is dont get upset over any statistics because without any direct studies and info about the studies they are useless information only there to worry and upset people.

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