Pros And Cons Of Male Circumcision

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Like we said, male circumcisions are often performed because of a person’s religion or culture. Most of the time these are Islamic people, Jewish people or Christian people. But what they usually don’t think about are the possible consequences of a circumcision. During and after surgery physical complications can arise like bleedings. Ashley Montagu, Anthropologist and humanist of the year 1995, thinks male circumcision should be banned. Like she explains in the following quote: “Circumcision is a brutal ritual rooted in superstition and should be abandoned…What is called for is a well thought out approach to the eradication of antiquated beliefs and practices which cause so much needless suffering, mutilation, tragedy and death.” But there…show more content…
These are: Reduction of urinary tract infections; according to a research done by the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), circumcisions of males would reduce the chance of getting a urinary tract infection (UTI). The research studied 422,328 infants born in army facilities over a 10 year period. A UTI occurred in 3,129 (0,43%) infants during their first year of life. The number of uncircumcised infants who suffered from a UTI was tenfold greater than the number of circumcised infants. This clearly shows that the number of infants who had a UTI and were circumcised was way smaller than the uncircumcised infants. Reduction of penile cancer; according to a research done by multiple researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer Multicentre Cancer Study Group shows that male who are circumcised have a smaller chance to getting penile cancer than men who are uncircumcised. The research investigated 847 uncircumcised men and 292 circumcised men. Penile cancer was detected in 19.6 percent of uncircumcised men (166 of 847) and 5.5 percent of circumcised men (16 of 292). As you can see the ratio of the uncircumcised who got penile cancer is way higher than the ratio of circumcised men who got penile…show more content…
But why is that? A very detailed experiment concerning this question was done by Lance Price of the Translational Genomics Research institute (TGen) and his colleagues, among a group of Ugandan men who provided samples before they got circumcised and a year after circumcision. The journal mBio published this study, scientists claim that changes in the population of bacteria living on and around the penis may be partly the reason for this. A too high number of bacteria could disturb specialized immune cells known as Langerhans cells to activate immune defences. Normally, Langerhans are responsible for capturing invading microbes like bacteria or viruses and presenting them to immune cells for training, to prepare the body to recognize and react against the pathogens. In the uncircumcised penile environment, the amount of bacterial load increases, inflammatory reactions grow and these cells actually start to infect healthy cells with the offending microbe. While the men showed similar communities of microbes before the operation, 12 months after circumcision, the circumcised men sheltered dramatically less bacteria that survive in low oxygen circumstances. The circumcised men also had 81% less bacteria overall compared to the uncircumcised men, and that could have a dramatic

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