New debate over circumcision health benefits

New debate over circumcision health benefits

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by Cathy Marshall

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Posted on August 27, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 28 at 9:56 AM

The health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks, according to the nation’s top pediatric group.

For 13 years the American Academy of Pediatrics had taken a neutral stand on the subject. “Scientific research shows clearer health benefits to the procedure than had been previously demonstrated,” the group explained in a statement on Monday.

The health benefits according to the group, include reduced transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, a lower risk of penile cancer and urinary infections.

“There is also evidence a woman’s risk of cervical cancer is reduced if she’s with a partner who has been circumcised,” added Portland Pediatrician Dr. Paul Thomas.

Thomas says in his two decades of practice about 50 per cent of patients have been circumcised, “Of all those patients all but one who were not circumcised were just fine.”

He says he’ll educate parents about the new stand on circumcision from the American Academy of Pediatrics but ultimately the decision is up to them.

“If a couple is on the fence I advise them to give Dad the final say, since one day a son might come to him and ask why he decided to go one way over another,” concluded Thomas.

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