Statistics, the language of medical researchers, can be a source of great confusion for the average health consumer. I encourage women to look beyond the sensationalist headlines and arm themselves with the real facts. Knowledge that encourages you to be proactive and take responsibility for your health is empowering and will greatly enhance your overall state of health. Your physician is there to help you but it’s YOUR body and you need to be part of the team!Let me give you some background for the chocolate headline that caught your attention. For example, let’s say that 3% of the people who eat chocolates develop cavities, and 2% of people who do not eat chocolates develop cavities. The difference between these populations is only 1%. In terms of absolute risk, that means that for every 100 people who eat chocolates, 1 extra person will develop cavities (in addition to the 2 who will develop cavities without eating a single truffle).