Posted: Oct 24, 2016 10:07 pm
by ScholasticSpastic
Vermeulen J. wrote:Also, what's hard to understand about "for every 100 nonpalpable cancers found through mammography alone, 54 would presumably have gone away (174 / 324 × 100 = 54%)."

Can you really not see how fucking backward this is? Maybe a Russian roulette metaphor will help you understand how backward it is:

I have loaded a six-shooter with three bullets in random order and spun the cylinder. You take the gun and point it at your head. At this point, we're at a point analogous to "you have breast cancer." Are you going to take the gun away from your head (get treatment) or are you going to pull the trigger? If you get treatment there's a very small chance that some sick fucker will shoot you anyway, but your odds of survival are quite a lot better than if you pull the trigger yourself.