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Charles Kelehan

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If the cure for cancer and AIDS really is being developed, how will it impact society's willingness to live healthy lifestyles?

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  • Jan 6 2013: If this cure becomes a success, will it give people a sense of complacency? Will society shift to an even more unhealthy way of life?
    • Jan 6 2013: "If this cure becomes a success, will it give people a sense of complacency? Will society shift to an even more unhealthy way of life?"

      Yes, to some degree it will. However the effect will be limited because many people never let the threat of cancer affect their lifestyle choices while other people are deterred by the penalty of physical unattractiveness that comes with an unhealthy lifestyle and that penalty will never go away.

      I don't know why you included AIDS, since it typically does not result from inherently unhealthy behavior.
      • Jan 7 2013: I had no intention of implying that AIDS results from an unhealthy behavior. I simply included it to further this discussion about how a cure for these devistating diseases could have an effect on society as a whole.

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