Circumcision in males has been controversial in recent times, with conflicting opinions about its benefits, in-spite of it being an integral part of many cultures and religions for centuries and having being accepted in many western countries as having a lot of medical benefits. These include protection from urinary tract infections and preventing penile cancer in adult males.
Now a new study done by the University of North Carolina (USA) shows that circumcision in men is related to lower occurrence of human papillomavirus-associated precancerous lesions of the penis.Human papillomavirus or HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that plays a vital role in genital cancers.
Jennifer Smith, the senior author of this study is quoted as saying, “Our data are the first to show that male circumcision may reduce HPV-associated penile precancerous lesions. This represents an additional public health benefit of male circumcision.”
So here is a another reason to consider circumcision and though it is still a choice driven more out of what one believes than the medical benefits that it may provide, it is important to note that the benefits may outweigh the risks.
Circumcision is a relatively minor and a safe procedure, but you must take full precautions by choosing a surgeon who is experienced and has a very good track record of performing circumcision surgeries. Make sure that you talk to the doctor and find out about not only the potential risks and benefits of the procedure but also make sure that there is good provision for after care facilities.