To the Editor:
It is interesting that many women ("Facing Cancer, a Stark Choice," Jan. 22) have gone from favoring lumpectomies because mastectomies were considered "abusive and disfiguring," especially when small cancers were present, to the current feeling that the threat of cancer makes prophylactic mastectomies worthwhile. This may appear excessive in apparently low-risk cases, but the breast is an appendage and removal is fairly simple, is not physiologically damaging, and results in ending lifelong fear of a fatal breast cancer.
Lonnie Hanauer, M.D.
Great Neck, N.Y.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.