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Gavin Putland 
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Re: “Stuck Inside a Vermonter's Colon [SIV434]

Screening can PREVENT bowel cancer. The people's "absurd presumption in their own good fortune", as Adam Smith called it (, clashes with the notion that they might have bowel/colorectal cancer. But it doesn't clash with the information that they can PREVENT cancer by removing pre-cancerous growths (polyps) during a one-hour "screening" procedure, which will also relieve any symptoms caused by the polyps. That's what you have to tell them if you want them to get "screened". Experts may argue that the need for early detection of cancer ought to be persuasive enough. But if you want to persuade people, you need to give them the information that they *actually* find persuasive -- not the information that they *ought* to find persuasive!

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Posted by Gavin Putland on 03/02/2016 at 6:39 PM

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