The SMH gets more numbers wrong

From the lifestyle section:

USING a solarium increases a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 15 per cent and the risk rises to 75 per cent for those who used them when they were younger than 30, a major review has found.

I suspect that the melanoma rate among under 30s sunbed users isn’t 75%, and what the Herald meant to say was “the risk rises by 75 per cent” or “the increase in the risk rises to 75 per cent”.

The mistake may be obvious, but why not take the trouble to say what you mean, instead of something completely different?

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