Circumcision reduces prostate cancer risk

Reuters reports that according to a new study published in the journal Cancer, men who are circumcised may have a lowered risk of developing prostate cancer. Researchers compared two groups of over 1,600 men, half of whom had prostate cancer.

Of the men with cancer, 69% had been circumcised, while 72% of the men who did not have cancer were circumcised. Researchers suggested that this may be due to the foreskin being torn during sex, raising vulnerability to viruses that can lead to cancer or microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.

MedPage Today points out that the “study was supported by the National Institutes of Health and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.”

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