In what is will undoubtedly cause quite a stir, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will change its policy on infant circumcision of boys, acknowledging that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks. [Read more…]
Full disclosure: this post is about circumcision. Every time I write something on the topic I get bombarded with email from people on both sides who insist that my position is wrong (that obviously means that there is some disagreement as to what my position actually is). I’ve come to the conclusion that trying to have a discussion about circumcision is like trying to have one about the death penalty or gun control or paper vs. plastic: there’s no way anyone’s going to change their mind.
So I’m just going to give you the politics-free facts about a recent study that found that circumcision may lower a man’s risk of contracting prostate cancer later in life. The study was conducted by highly qualified researchers at a well-respected cancer institute and published in a prestigious, peer-reviewed journal.