Circumcision May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

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Circumcision May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 4:46pm

The following is from the NY Times, researchers believe that circumcision can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 15%:

A new analysis has found evidence that circumcision may reduce the risk for prostate cancer.

Researchers studied 1,754 men with prostate cancer and 1,654 controls in King County, Wash. They asked the men if they were circumcised and if they had ever had a sexually transmitted infection. The investigators also gathered information on prostate cancer from a tumor registry.

The study, published Monday in the journal Cancer, controlled for age, race, family history of prostate cancer and other factors. The scientists found that circumcision before first sexual intercourse was associated with a 15 percent lower risk for prostate cancer.

Any thoughts on the findings?

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Registered: 07-07-2003
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 4:13am

IMHO many of the benefits of circumcision are self evident. You don't have to be a microbiologist to grasp that a permanently exposed dry glans is cleaner and healthier than one wrapped in a moisture collecting foreskin jacket where bacteria can breed on the nutrients available underneath it.

This is amplified when you consider the exchange of body fluids which happens in sexual intercourse and realise these are trapped under the foreskin for some time post coitus because there is no immediate opportunity or inclination to wash them away. A circumcised penis dries in a matter of a minute or two and most sexually transmitted viruses dry out and perish quickly when exposed to air. They need those fluids to flourish.

I despair of people who write; 'a foreskinned penis is just as clean as a circumcised one if you wash under it regularly.'