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Should The NHS Offer Circumcision To All?

A US professor has conducted a study which found that the health benefits of male circumcision far outweigh the risks.

Circumcision might soon be recommended for all baby boys, if the results of one US professor's study are taken into account.

While circumcision rates have fallen by six percent (from 83 to 77 per cent) in the US, Professor Brian Morris believes that the health benefits far outweigh the risks, and that health professionals should view the procedure as beneficial to all baby boys.

His joint Australian and American research team believe that circumcision should be offered to babies in the same way that vaccinations are, on the grounds that over the average male’s lifetime up to half of uncircumcised men will contract an adverse medical condition caused by their foreskin.

'The findings show that infant circumcision should be regarded as equivalent to childhood vaccination'

‘The new findings now show that infant circumcision should be regarded as equivalent to childhood vaccination,’ said Professor Morris in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journal. ‘As such it would be unethical not to routinely offer parents circumcision for their baby boy. Delay puts the child’s health at risk and will usually mean it will never happen.’

The strongest immediate benefit of circumcision was cited to be protection against urinary tract infections (UTIs), which affect one in three uncircumcised males, but the study also found that circumcision is cost saving in the long run:

‘Taken together, the new findings should send a strong message to medical practitioners, professional bodies, educators, policy makers, governments, and insurers to promote this safe, simple procedure,’ said Professor Morris.

Would you feel comfortable if circumcision was encouraged by the health service to all parents? Let us know in the comments box.

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