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Circumcision Might Help Protect Against Prostate Cancer — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
March 13, 2012

Circumcision Might Help Protect Against Prostate Cancer

Circumcised men appear to have a slightly lower risk for prostate cancer than uncircumcised men, according to a case-control study in Cancer.

The study included roughly 1750 men with prostate cancer and 1650 unaffected controls. After adjustment for confounders such as family history of prostate cancer and personal history of prostatitis, men who reported being circumcised before they first had intercourse were significantly less likely to have prostate cancer, compared with those who hadn't been circumcised or who'd been circumcised after first intercourse (odds ratio, 0.85).

Noting that circumcision has been shown to lower the risk for sexually transmitted infections, the researchers write that their findings "are consistent with research showing that an infectious/inflammatory pathway may be involved in prostate carcinogenesis."

Reader Comments (1)

sanjoy satpathy

Lets stop reporting this type of confusing articles in medical journals.Next there may be some one who will publish a multi centric study of total amputation of penis and prevention of heart disease.I being a medical man is totally fed up with this type of conclusions.

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