According to a new study, circumcised men may have a slightly lower risk of developing prostate cancer than those who still have their foreskin.
The WHO already recommends the controversial procedure based on research that suggested it reduces heterosexual men’s risk of contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
“I would not go out and advocate for widespread circumcision to prevent prostate cancer,” Dr. Jonathan L. Wright, who led the research, and of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, told Reuters Health.”We see an association, but it doesn’t prove causality.” “We need to do more work to try to understand this,” he said. “Our overarching goal is to understand how cancer develops in people.”
The results were published Monday in the journal Cancer.