We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
On this I disagree. The women I know with breast cancer discovered it through a mammogram. By the time you can feel the lump it may be too late. Our daughter in law was found to have breast cancer by having a first screening at age 40. If she had waited until she was older or found the cancer by manual means it would have been too late.
When my children were born I didn't know their gender, I don't think that technology was available to me. But no problem. I know people today who choose to not know and I'm sure if that option had been open to me I would have chosen to know.
As that relates to serious diseases I kind of wish we didn't know. If I contract an illness that is going to kill me in 3 years I think I would rather not know it. BUT because the tests are there of course I would chose to have the tests to find out. Once I find out my quality of life is sucked away by the medical system and worry. I know, I know, in some cases knowing early can save you. But we are all going to die and if I could control that in any way I would want it to be sudden and totally unexpected.
I am right now cutting back visits to my oncologist. She wants to see me every three months and I convinced her to make it every six months. She didn't agree with me but she accepted it. If my wife wouldn't get angry at me I would end all tests and appointments with her and the surgeon. I'm done with it but they aren't done with me yet.