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Published in Oxford University medical journal *Bandolier*, the table below shows the risk of death with age in the United Kingdom.

Examples:

- A male under 1 year has a risk of dying of 1 in 177 or 0.0056.
- A male between 75 and 84 years of age has a risk of dying of 1 in 15 or 0.07

ANNUAL DEATH RISK IN UK ( 1 in x ) | ||

MEN | WOMEN | |

Under 1 yr | 177 | 227 |

1 - 4 yr | 4386 | 5376 |

5 - 14 yr | 8333 | 10417 |

15 - 24 yr | 1908 | 4132 |

25 - 34 yr | 1215 | 2488 |

35 - 44 yr | 663 | 1106 |

45 - 54 yr | 279 | 421 |

55 - 64 yr | 112 | 178 |

65 - 74 yr | 42 | 65 |

75 - 84 yr | 15 | 20 |

ALL AGES | 136 | 193 |

**Q1.** What is your risk of dying?
**Q2.** What is the "safest" gender and age to be alive?
**Q3.** What is the "riskiest" age and gender? Why do you think this is?
**Q4.** Do men or women have the highest risk of dying? Why do you think this is?
**Q5.** Old Mary's risk of dying is 0.05. How old is she?
**Q6.** How would this information affect your life?

**Answers:**

**A1.**

**A2.** 5-14 yr women

**A3.** 75-84 yr men

**A4.** Men

**A5.** 75-84 yr

**A6.** Insurance premiums are based on probabilities.

**Q1.** According to Carnegie Mellon University's Cylab, approximately 10.2% (about ^{1}⁄_{10}) of US children who wrote their personal details on social networking sites and e-mails will be the victims of identity theft. If there are 1000 students in your school, how many students may have their identities stolen?

**Q2.** A 2006 Harris Interactive survey found that 43% (more than ^{2}⁄_{5}) of US teenagers have been cyber-bullied by e-mails, chat rooms or text messages. Cyber-bullying is a federal crime. If there are 1000 students in your school, how many students may have been cyber-bullied?

**Answers:**

**A1.** 102 students

**A2.** 430 students

**If you one of these, you are not just a statistic! Please tell a parent, a teacher or the police.**