A survey of more than 9,800 women in the U.S. showed that only 9.4% of them have an accurate idea of their lifetime breast cancer risk, and 4 in 10 have never talked to a doctor about their risk. The findings, which will be presented at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, showed that almost 46% of women overestimated their personal risk while nearly 45% underestimated it. Having an accurate idea of breast cancer risk can help a woman decide whether she needs closer screening or should take preventive drugs, study author Dr. Jonathan Herman said.

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