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Circumcision may promote prostate health

Studies and statistics have shown that men who have not been circumcised tend to have higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) than their counterparts who have had their foreskins removed. Now, researchers believe that the procedure may reduce risk of prostate cancer as well.

A team of scientists from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center recently determined that men who were circumcised before their first sexual encounter had a 15 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer, compared to their intact counterparts.

More specifically, circumcised men were 12 percent less likely to develop carcinoma of the male gland and 18 percent less likely to develop an aggressive form of the cancer.

The study authors reported that the lower rates of prostate cancer in circumcised men may be linked to their rates of STD infection. They said that diseases tend to increase inflammation in the body, which can eventually lead to the development of cancer.

"Although observational only, these data suggest a biologically plausible mechanism through which circumcision may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Future research of this relationship is warranted," said lead author Jonathan Wright, M.D.