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What is your opinion about the american cancer society recommending neonatal circumcision due to penile cancer?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: One of many benefits

During my military service, circumcision was the most common requested elective surgical procedure.
It required general anesthesia, prolonged pain & recovery. This is avoided by neonatal circs. There are few obvious benefits but they add up. Why God told Jews & Muslims to start the practice is not clear, or to wait 8 days until they can clot & not bleed to death, but that's where it started.

In brief: One of many benefits

During my military service, circumcision was the most common requested elective surgical procedure.
It required general anesthesia, prolonged pain & recovery. This is avoided by neonatal circs. There are few obvious benefits but they add up. Why God told Jews & Muslims to start the practice is not clear, or to wait 8 days until they can clot & not bleed to death, but that's where it started.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not clear-"cut"

This is an emotional, politicized issue.
Any newborn boy may grow up to be a man who would strongly preferred to have a foreskin, and such men are not rare -- i'm all about choice. About 10% of boys need circumcision for their health. The acs is focused on cancer, with circumcision greatly decreasing the risk of a rare but devastating cancer for which a boy can now be immunized. You decide.

In brief: Not clear-"cut"

This is an emotional, politicized issue.
Any newborn boy may grow up to be a man who would strongly preferred to have a foreskin, and such men are not rare -- i'm all about choice. About 10% of boys need circumcision for their health. The acs is focused on cancer, with circumcision greatly decreasing the risk of a rare but devastating cancer for which a boy can now be immunized. You decide.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Simon Kimm
The rates of penile cancer in developed countries like the United States are vanishingly low, with 1,570 cases estimated in 2012. The incidence of these malignancies is much higher in parts of South America, Africa, and Asia.
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