Circumcision 'could thwart the development of prostate cancer'

12 March 2012

Men could reduce the risk of seeking prostate cancer treatment should they choose to have a circumcision before they have sex for the first time.

This is according to new research carried out by a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which has established new links to the deadly disease.

A study by the group, which has been published in the journal Cancer, has found that circumcision could reduce the likelihood of infection and inflammation following sexual intercourse.

This in turn could limit the chances of men contracting prostate cancer as they age, with the research suggesting that there is a link between sexually transmitted infections and the development of prostate cancer.

"Although observational only, these data suggest a biologically plausible mechanism through which circumcision may decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Future research of this relationship is warranted," the study's lead author Dr Jonathan Wright acknowledged.

A separate study conducted by Cancer Research UK scientists has also suggested that cancer genes can vary depending on where they are based in a tumour.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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