Saturday, August 29, 2009

Website calculates odds of dying next year

You just never know what you'll find online!

According to the CBC: The site allows users to see their risk of dying within the next year — or a longer timeframe — and rank the probable causes of death. The user can then compare that information to others, for example, the odds of death next year from breast cancer of a 54-year-old Pennsylvania woman versus her counterpart in the United Kingdom. "It turns out that the British woman has a 33 per cent higher risk of breast cancer death," said Paul Fischbeck, the site's developer and professor of social and decision sciences and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "But for lung/throat cancer, the results are almost reversed, and the Pennsylvania woman has a 29 per cent higher risk," he added in a release.

The website Death Risk, put together by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., uses public data from the U.S. and Europe to compare mortality risks by gender, age and geographic region. READ MORE