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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do Circumcised Black Men Have A Lower Risk of Getting Prostate Cancer?

Black man with prostate cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death by cancer among men in the U.S. One in seven men are diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their life. Recent research at a University of Quebec research center showed a correlation between lower risk and circumcision.

What the study showed

The study showed a 60 percent lower risk of prostate cancer among black men who were circumcised. Men who are circumcised later in life also showed a lower risk. The risk for men who are circumcised after age 35 had a 45 percent lower risk of prostate cancer.

What about men who are already high risk?

The researchers were quick to point out that men who are already at high risk for prostate cancer should not view circumcision as a way to prevent the disease. African American men and men who have a family history of prostate cancer are at greater risk. As men grow older, the risk also increases.

How to interpret the study

Researchers are merely saying that their research showed a link between circumcision and lower risk for prostate cancer among African American men and men who are circumcised later in life. More research is necessary, and researchers are not encouraging men to have any circumcision procedure done, hoping it will prevent them from getting prostate cancer.
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