Study Shows Health Benefits with Circumcisions
A new study shows benefits of having circumcisions despite a decline in the amount of procedures being done.
Dr. Sarah Hill, Director of the Newborn Nursery at IU Health Methodist Hospital, says the study, published in the Archives of Pediatricts and Adolescent Medicine, took the U.S.'s current rate of circumcision and dropped it to ten percent, similar to the rate in Europe which doesn't cover the procedure with insurance. She says the data shows an increased rate in urinary tract infections, HIV and HPV infections which can lead to cervical cancer in women and penile warts in men.
Dr. Hill says the study was meant to not only show the benefits of circumcision but also the amount money that would be saved in health care costs by preventing such infections and diseases. She says while circumcisions have been on the decline, the majority of the general population does opt for circumcision.