From an article about a famous person diagnosed with cancer:
"Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life-threatening."
I don't think the cancer is benefiting from early detection (if the cancer had feelings, it would probably be sad to be thwarted). Rather, it is the person who is benefiting:
"She has benefited from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, so the cancer is not life-threatening."
I have two other gripes about this sentence: "life-threatening" does not need a hyphen, and "detection" is a nominalization. Anyone want to try to reword it? It could be one or two sentences.
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