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The incidence in japan of most types of cancer is remarkably

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The incidence in japan of most types of cancer is remarkably [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2003, 12:00
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The incidence in japan of most types of cancer is remarkably low compared to that in North America , especially considering that japan has a modern life style, industrial pollution included. The cancer rates, however, for japanese people who immigrate to north america and adopt the diet of north americans approximate the higher cancer rates prevalent in north america

If the statements above are true, they provide the most support for which one of the following?

A. the greater the level of industrial pollution in a country, the higher that country's cancer rate will tend to be.

B. the stress of life in north american is greater than that of life in japan and predisposes to cancer.

C. the staple foods of the japanese diet contain elements that cure cancer.

D. the relatively low rate of cancer among people in japan does not result from a high frequency of a protective genetic trait among japanese people

E. The higher cancer rates of japanese immigrants to north america are cused by fats in the north american diet.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2003, 19:54
Will go with D.
Only thing that can be reasonably assumed from passage is that Japanese dont have protective genetic traits against cancer, else even in North america they wud have not got cancer.
E - is not correct - how can u assume that it is fat. Remember not to bring info. from outside the argument. No where passage says that american diet contains more fat..!! u know it from outside.
ps: This is what can you infer/conclude/ type question, given the argument. In such questions be cautious not to bring anything from outside passage/assumption.
In evidence type questions - which will further strengthen/weaken the argument - one is allowed to bring assumption/support/evidence from outside.
paret, correct me if i am wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2003, 00:34
Agree with D. The safest deduction.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2003, 11:34
vaka wrote:
Agree with D. The safest deduction.


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D is correct.

A B and C are obviously wrong.

Exy :

For E, a big clue is the "STRONG WORDING" of E.... any inference is just
a slight extension of the agruments conclusion...

E says too much..

1. How does one know what the immigrants diet was...were they eating fast food /snacks left right and center...

2. How can we say that fat causes cancer. Let us remember not to influence our choice by our own experience (easier said that done)

D goes a little further in that it does not try to very specific.. it leaves room for other causes...it just rules out one.

Vicks :

As to vicks comment, even D brings info outside the argument.

With E, in fact, DIET is mentioned in the argument. so one might be tempted to select E, which is what i did.

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