The lifetime risk of being an uncircumcised male far exceeds the risk involved in infant male circumcision, a new study has revealed.
The new study, by researchers at the University Sydney, UNSW Sydney and several teaching hospitals, reports that uncircumcised males face an 80 per cent risk of developing a foreskin-related condition requiring medical attention in their lifetime.
By comparison, the risk of an adverse event associated with infant male circumcision is less than one per cent.
Researchers analysed 140 studies that determined the level of protection male circumcision provides against conditions such as urinary infections, inflammatory conditions, sexually transmitted infections and genital cancers, as well as the level of risk posed by the circumcision procedure itself in infancy.
“The protection afforded by early infant male circumcision against infections and other adverse medical conditions exceed the associated risks by 200 to one,” said Dr Brian Morris, Professor Emeritus at the University of Sydney.
He added that the current public hospital policy in all states of permitting male circumcision only for medical reasons was “penny wise, pound foolish” as it is costing the health system millions of dollars in treatment of preventable conditions.
“Over the lifetime more than one in two uncircumcised males will suffer an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin,” he said.
Read more about the findings of this study here. Story credit: University of Sydney newsroom.
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