New Research Shows That Circumcision Reduces the Risk of Prostate Cancer

While circumcision is carried out for a number of reasons, for example, for religious and health purposes, new research gives further evidence that it has considerable health benefits.

The results of a recent Canadian study show that men who are circumcised are less likely to develop prostate cancer. In this study, 1,590 prostate cancer patients as well as 1,618 healthy people were looked at.

A report of the study, titled “Circumcision and prostate cancer: a population based case-control study in Montreal, Canada” published on 28 May 2014 in the journal BJU (British Journal of Urology) International shows that men that were circumcised as infants, within a year of birth were 14% less likely to suffer from prostate cancer than average. For men who were circumcised as adults, after the age of 35, the figure was much higher, with men over that age 45% less likely to develop the disease.

It could be argued that circumcision can reduce the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, which is considered to be a high risk factor for developing prostate cancer. This could explain why there is a smaller risk of males that were circumcised at a young age suffering from prostate cancer, however, this does not give evidence to support why men circumcised after they are 35 years old have a much smaller chance of developing the disease.

Higher still is the positive effect that circumcision was found to have on black men, with the report showing that they were 60% less likely to develop prostate cancer when circumcised. These results have triggered the warrant for further examination, as black men have the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world, and it is not understood why.

Before the recent study, the known risk factors of prostate cancer were being older aged, a family history of prostate or breast cancer, and African ancestry, however, the results of the study have found that there is a possible association between circumcision and the risk of prostate cancer.

All this is good news for all the patients who have been circumcised at the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic. All our patients, including the youngest  baby aged 5 days and our oldest adult patient aged 46 years, can rest assured that their chances of developing prostate cancer are now greatly reduced.

For more information on circumcision, you can visit the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic website.


Testimonial from Mr and Mrs Choudhury

After performing their son’s circumcision, we received this testimonial from Mr and Mrs Choudhury:

We would like to thank you and your team for carrying out the circumcision procedure on our son Hasan Yunis recently.

The service you provided was excellent from start to finish. Before the day we received information explaining everything and Dr Shafii was happy to answer any questions we had. On the day, Dr Shafii allayed our fears and the procedure was carried out quickly, efficiently and with care.

The aftercare was beyond our expectation. Following the procedure, Dr Shafii contacted us in the evening to ensure Hasan Yunis was well. We also had a home visit when we were unsure about the healing process.

We would like to congratulate you on the high level of service be it the communication, the procedure, the aftercare or the support and thoughtfulness that you have achieved throughout.

We sincerely recommend Dr Shafii and his team to other parents.

Mr and Mrs Choudhury

For more testimonials, you can visit the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic website.

The History of Circumcision

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin from the human penis. It is one of the simplest surgical procedures and also one of the oldest, pre-dating recorded history.

The most consistent explanation for circumcision is that the procedure existed over 70,000 years ago, before the human species began to spread out of Africa to the rest of the world. This theory is much more feasible than the belief that circumcision arose completely self-sufficiently in different parts of the world. This therefore, suggests that it is probable that human beings evolved as a circumcising species, and that certain cultures that do not circumcise in the modern day did at one time rather than never adopting the circumcision procedure.

The practice of circumcision is recorded as early as over 4000 years ago in ancient Egypt, being the subject of many wall carvings and paintings. Records seem to suggest that the practice of circumcision was quite universal throughout all levels of ancient Egyptian society with historical evaluation suggesting that this became a religious custom due to medical and hygienic reasons. In ancient Egypt, boys were usually circumcised during late puberty by a priest.

Evidence suggests that circumcision was a practical medical and hygienic solution to preventing illnesses such as urethritis, nephritis, or cystitis in the hot, dry and sandy environments that were common in ancient Egypt and other civilisations such as the Aztecs. By practicing circumcision, this would have solved the problem of sand and dirt getting caught under the foreskin and often leading to illness or even fatality.

Circumcision is part of religious law in Judaism, and is also practiced almost universally in Islam. This is believed to have stemmed from Abraham (Genesis 17:11), who lived roughly around 2000 BC and was ordered by God at roughly the age of 80 to be circumcised.

As well as being one of the oldest, circumcision also continues to be one of the most common surgical procedures in the world, with around a third of males worldwide being circumcised. Circumcision is seen in men of very diverse cultures and ethnicities, ranging from Africans, Middle Easterners, Asians, Australian Aboriginals and Pacific Islanders, Natives from North and South America as well as Europeans; further suggesting the ancient origin of this practice.

In recent years, circumcision has been promoted on an increasing level in modern medicine due to the related health benefits. It is well known that the British Royal Family, and also a number of the British upper classes, for many generations have circumcised their sons. It seems that George I brought the practice over from Hanover and it has continued through Queen Victoria’s children to Edward VII, and then through the Duke of Windsor to the Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew and Edward.

For more information on circumcision, you can visit the Birmingham Circumcision Clinic website.

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