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What's the risk of developing blood cancer? A data visualisation

New figures for Blood Cancer Awareness Month show that the lifetime risk of developing blood cancer is 1:19, but what does that mean?

On average, one out of every 19 people will develop blood cancer over the course of their lives. Blood cancer is more common in men than women, so the risk is actually slightly higher in men (1:16) and lower for women (1:22).

Blood cancer, like many cancers, is more common in older people, so the risk of developing blood cancer increases with age.

This data visualisation has been developed by the Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN) to show how many people in the whole of the UK might get blood cancer in their lives.

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