American and Australian researchers are calling infant male circumcision the new vaccination debate after concluding that the benefits of the procedure vastly outweigh the risks.
The study review, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, claims that increasing numbers of parents in the Western world are opting not to circumcise their infant boys due to perceived health and religious reasons, despite the fact that there are no medical reasons for choosing not to circumcise.
In fact, the list of pros for the procedure are aplenty -- the authors say they outweigh the risks 100:1.
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Circumcision results in a reduced risk of urinary tract infection, prostate cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and causing female partners to develop cervical cancer.
“Male circumcision is in principle equivalent to childhood vaccination,” Brian J. Morris, lead author and medical professor from the University of Sydney, tells the New York Times. “Just as thereRead More »from Is infant male circumcision the new vaccination debate?