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Circumcision and Prostate Cancer Risk

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Circumcision has become somewhat controversial in the past few decades. Many people are coming to the conclusion that the practice serves little practical health value, and that it may be unnecessarily cruel (or in some cases dangerous) to baby boys.

Of course, it’s not always as clear as it seems. There is some evidence to suggest that circumcision can help reduce the risk of penile cancer, as well as some STDs. According to a new study, circumcision may also play a role in lowering the risk of prostate cancer in men.

Association of prostate cancer and circumcision

The research looked at 3,400 men. About half – 1,754 – had prostate cancer. Of the men who had been circumcised before their first sexual experience, 15% fewer developed prostate cancer.

Still, at this point, there’s no established cause and effect relationship between the two. While the numbers are statistically significant, much more research will need to be done to indicate a true causal relationship.

Many urologists recommend circumcision for other reasons

Today, many urologists recommend male circumcision, but even they agree that it’s still not conclusive as to whether it could help prevent prostate cancer. They focus on the two areas that have been definitely shown to be reduced in terms of risk: STDs and penile cancer.

Why some people oppose circumcision

There are a number of reasons why some people oppose circumcision. Note that these reasons haven’t necessarily been proven, and some are a matter of opinion, but they’re worth looking at:

  • Some say that circumcised men don’t get as much pleasure during sex as uncircumcised men.
  • Circumcision is surgery, and as such runs the risk of infection.
  • Babies suffer greatly during circumcision.
  • There are other things that can be done to reduce the risk of STDs or penile cancer.
  • This kind of choice should only be made by an adult for himself, not for an infant by his parents.


Wherever you come down on circumcision, it’s interesting to see the development and relationship that it may have with various illnesses, such as prostate cancer.

So, what about you? How do you feel about circumcision?