March 13, 2012 by staff
Circumcision Prostate, The World Health Organization already recommends the controversial procedure based on research showing it lowers heterosexual men’s risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Last year scientists also reported that wives and girlfriends of circumcised men had lower rates of infection with human papillomavirus or HPV, which in rare cases may lead to cervical and other cancers. And last week, researchers reported that African men who were circumcised were less likely to be infected with a particular herpes virus.
The new study, published in the journal Cancer, jibes with those findings but falls short of actually proving that circumcision will reduce a boy’s future cancer risk, said Jonathan Writer, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, who led the study.
Although most US men are circumcised, the procedure has become less popular over the past decade, and various groups have spoken out against it. In September, the Royal Dutch Medical Association discouraged the practice, calling it a “painful and harmful ritual.”
For their study, Wright and his colleagues compared two groups of more than 1600 men who had answered questions about their medical history, sex life and whether or not they were circumcised. Half had prostate cancer, the others didn’t.
In the group with cancer, 69% of the men have been circumcised, compared to 72% of those without cancer – suggesting a small protective effect.
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