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Comparing Numbers

When studying data and analyzing numbers, they can become overwhelming and lose their significance. When numbers are compared the perspective of the data changes giving information more meaning, or less meaning. October is breast cancer awareness month, so many statistics are shared to bring awareness to how many people are diagnosed with cancer. When larger statistics at a larger scale are used it is easier to see how many people are effected by breast cancer. “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 13%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime” (breast cancer.org, 2021). This statistic alone is meaningful and easily recognized as significant. Then when a second statistic is added, the data becomes even more shocking. “Breast cancer became the most common cancer globally as of 2021, accounting for 12% of all new annual cancer cases worldwide, according to the World Health Organization” (breast cancer.org, 2021).