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March 12, 2012 5:07 pm

Prostate Cancer Risk Lowered with Circumcision, Study Finds

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Instruments used for a Jewish circumcision. Photo: wiki commons.

Circumcision before sex may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in males, according to a new study.

Jonathan Wright and a team of researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, found that men who were circumcised before having sexual intercourse for the first time, are 15% less likely to get the disease.

“Although observational only, these data suggest a biologically plausible mechanism through which circumcision may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Future research of this relationship is warranted,” Dr. Wright said.

Wright says that because infections can lead to prostate cancer and circumcision reduces the risk of certain infections, the procedure may reduce the risk of the leading cause of death to American males over the age of 75.

Circumcision rates around the world vary widely but in the United States, nearly 75% of men have had the procedure done for “non-religious reasons”, according to the World Health Organization.

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  • Here is what they do not tell you. Circumcision causes significant pain and trauma, behavioral and neurological changes in infants, potential parental stress from persistent crying (colic) of infants, disrupted bonding between parent and child, and risk of surgical complications. Other consequences of circumcision include loss of a natural, healthy, functioning body part, reduced sexual pleasure, potential psychological problems, and unknown negative effects that have not been studied.

    Some circumcised men resent that they are circumcised. Sexual anxieties, reduced emotional expression, low self-esteem, avoidance of intimacy, and depression are also reported. Some doctors refuse to perform circumcisions because of ethical reasons.

    Relying on the presumed authorities (e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics or doctors who echo AAP views) is not sufficient (see For more information see