itruelso wrote:Reading comic 1217 reminded me of an old question I had, how many times have injuries inflicted by guns cures cancer?
In the United States in 2008 there were 78,622 non-fatal firearm injuries (1). The total population of the United States that year was 304,059,724 according to the US census burrow, so the rate of non-fatal firearm use was 78,622/304,059,724.
There are 1,437,180 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2008 (2) making the rate of new cancers 1,437,180/304,059,724.
That means the rate of new cancers plus getting shot is (78,622/304,059,724)*(1,437,180/304,059,724) = 0.00000122218.
So if cancer is randomly associated with firearm injury 0.00000122218*304,059,724 = 371.6 people both developed cancer and suffered non fatal fire arm injury.
If we use the assumption that the average bullet damages 1 pound of flesh then there is a 1/177 that a bullet will remove an early microscopic cancer.
So in 2008 it can be estimated that 1/177 * 371.6 = 2.01 people were cured of cancer in 2008 by gunshot wound.
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