While circumcision is carried out for a number of reasons, for example, for religious and health purposes, new research gives further evidence that it has considerable health benefits.
The results of a recent Canadian study show that men who are circumcised are less likely to develop prostate cancer. In this study, 1,590 prostate cancer patients as well as 1,618 healthy people were looked at.
A report of the study, titled “Circumcision and prostate cancer: a population based case-control study in Montreal, Canada” published on 28 May 2014 in the journal BJU (British Journal of Urology) International shows that men that were circumcised as infants, within a year of birth were 14% less likely to suffer from prostate cancer than average. For men who were circumcised as adults, after the age of 35, the figure was much higher, with men over that age 45% less likely to develop the disease.
It could be argued that circumcision can reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, which is considered to be a high risk factor for developing prostate cancer. This could explain why there is a smaller risk of males that were circumcised at a young age suffering from prostate cancer, however, this does not give evidence to support why men circumcised after they are 35 years old have a much smaller chance of developing the disease.
Higher still is the positive effect that circumcision was found to have on black men, with the report showing that they were 60% less likely to develop prostate cancer when circumcised. These results have triggered the warrant for further examination, as black men have the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world, and it is not understood why.
Before the recent study, the known risk factors of prostate cancer were being older aged, a family history of prostate or breast cancer, and African ancestry, however, the results of the study have found that there is a possible association between circumcision and the risk of prostate cancer.
All this is good news for all the patients who have been circumcised at the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic. All our patients, including the youngest baby aged 5 days and our oldest adult patient aged 46 years, can rest assured that their chances of developing prostate cancer are now greatly reduced.