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Researchers Show Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks

The New York Times’ Well blog reports on a study published online in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that has found that the benefits associated with male circumcision far outweigh the risks. Researchers found that rates of male circumcision have increased by 2% over the past decade but that newborn circumcision rates have decreased by 6% since the 1960s. “The authors conclude that the benefits — among them reduced risks of urinary tract infection, prostate cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and, in female partners, cervical cancer — outweigh the risks of local infection or bleeding.” One expert compared newborn circumcision to newborn vaccination stating that the opponents exist but their opinions are “emotional and unscientific and should be disregarded.”

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.