The term "absolute risk" pertains to a certain period of time
When you see different cancer studies and articles discussing risk, you should know that "risk" is not a catch-all term.
According to the American Cancer Society, absolute risk is classified as "the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer over a certain period of time." So, for example, 22 out of 10,000 women ages 50-54 will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the next year. This is an example of absolute risk.