Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Does Circumcision Lower Your Risk of Prostate Cancer?

New Canadian study suggests a possible leak between male circumcision and a lower risk of prostate cancer

By: Hugh Holt

Published: June 5th, 2014 in Health » World

A Canadian study recently made connections between male circumcision and lowering the risk of prostate cancer.

Published in the British Journal of Urology International, the study inconclusively found that circumcised men had lower rates of prostate cancer. More than 3,000 men from the Montreal area participated in the study, all between the ages of 40 and 75.

Authors of the study claim that men who are circumcised were 11 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who had not.

The percentage was so small, however, that the authors believe their findings as statistically insignificant.

Interestingly, the percentages jumped among black males, suggesting that circumcised black men were 60 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer. Cancer was also 45 percent less likely to develop among men circumcised after the age of 35. However, outside researchers have dismissed these findings as well, citing the number of study participants.

The authors of the study made no recommendations and stated that their findings were preliminary. “It’s still premature to say go ahead with circumcision to prevent prostate cancer,” lead author Marie-Elise Parent told Reuters, though she did add that she thought it may be helpful.

Other medical professionals have found the study to be inconclusive. They say the number of study participants were lacking in important racial demographics, and concluded the study’s findings to be unreliable.

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