@dballard30 You should publish a similar article about fighting breast cancer in women by excising breasts (100% defense) goo.gl/0Rwal
This is a ridiculous and farfetched comparison. But, let's consider it nonetheless. Let us say that a woman, of her right mind, decides to get a bilateral mastectomy. She does so because she does not plan to have children and because she carries the BRCA gene and has seen her mother and sister die from breast cancer. Should she be forbidden from making this decision? Under the bioethical principle of autonomy the answer is no - so long as she is aware of the risks and benefits and is a competent decision maker. Should we recommend mastectomy as a public health effort - no - and that was not the point of my column on infant male circumcision.