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To Circumcise Or Not? Research Can't Help Much With Decision

Pediatrics professor Aaron Carroll runs through factors that could, maybe, help with this sensitive decision.
Pediatrics professor Aaron Carroll runs through factors that could, maybe, help with this sensitive decision. Photo Credit: Aaron Carroll Facebook

In a recent New York Times article, professor of pediatrics Aaron Carroll discussed the early-parenthood decision of circumcision. And his conclusion? There's no easy decision to be had.

Earlier this decade, first the American Academy of Pediatrics, then the CDC, decided that the benefits of circumcision outweighed the risks. But it's not that simple, according to the Times' article.

While studies show that the procedure does decrease males' chances of urinary tract infections and penile cancers, those don't actually occur at high rates, so it's less clear that this permanent surgical procedure is worth it, Carroll writes.

Varying social pressures also make this decision difficult, including the increased argument by some that it amounts to genital mutilation, the Times article notes. To read the full story, click here.

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