"The problem here is a totalitarian uniformity, a cult-like mentality such that even allies are enemies if they fail to follow the Exact Party Line. " - Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Facts As Promised

Here are my attributions:




Brian J. Morris has an impressive resume and runs the first site listed above.
He was born in 1950 in Adelaide, South Australia, graduated from University of Adelaide and obtained his PhD in Melbourne in 1975, before doing 3 years of postdoctoral research in the USA at University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco and University of Missouri, Columbia.
He was appointed as an academic at The University of Sydney in 1978, won the Edgeworth David Medal (state award for science) in 1985, was awarded a DSc in 1993, and was appointed to a Chair in the School of Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine from 1999.

And he states on his site: What I do care about is that professionals and the public alike be provided with reliable, well-researched information. I see this as part of my academic duty in the interests of education. It is then up to each person to apply this knowledge when making decisions in their own best interest or in the best interests of their children or patients. Please therefore note that this website is a review of the literature. It is not my personal opinion.

Mr. Morris goes on to say the he is offended by the anti-circ groups propaganda and misinformation.

I'm going to list some facts. But first I want to explain what you probably have heard about it being easier to clean. This statement often gets distorted. Seriously, how many grown men can pull back foreskin and clean themselves right?

This statement is about infant males and cleaning. And it is MUCH harder to keep this area clean in infant babies for various reason and therefore leads to: a higher risk of death in the first year of life (from complications of urinary tract infections: viz. kidney failure, meningitis and infection of bone marrow).

The benefits are clear.

• Improved hygiene.
• Much lower risk of urinary tract infections.
• Much lower chance of acquiring AIDS heterosexually.
• Virtually complete elimination of the risk of invasive penile cancer.
• More favourable hygiene for the man’s sexual partner.
• Much lower risk of cervical cancer and Chlamydia (and thus infertility and other problems) in the female sexual partner.
• More favorable sexual function and no reduction in sensation during arousal or in the sensitivity of the flaccid penis.

Lack of circumcision:

• Is responsible for a 12-fold higher risk of urinary tract infections in infancy. Risk = 1 in 20. Higher risk of UTI at older ages as well.

• Confers a higher risk of death in the first year of life (from complications of urinary tract infections: viz. kidney failure, meningitis and infection of bone marrow).

• One in ~400-900 uncircumcised men will get cancer of the penis, which is over 20 times higher in uncircumcised men. A quarter of these will die from it and the rest will require complete or partial penile amputation as a result. (In contrast, invasive penile cancer never occurs or is extraordinarily rare in men circumcised at birth.) (Data from studies in the USA, Denmark and Australia, which are not to be confused with the often quoted, but misleading, annual incidence figures of 1 in 100,000).

• Is associated with 3-fold higher risk of inflammation and infection of the skin of the penis. This includes balanitis (inflammation of the glans), posthitis (inflammation of the foreskin), phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (constriction of the penis by a tight foreskin). Up to 18% of uncircumcised boys will develop one of these by 8 years of age, whereas all are unknown in the circumcised. Risk of balanoposthitis = 1 in 6. Obstruction to urine flow = 1 in 10-50. Risk of these is even higher in diabetic men.

• Means increased risk of problems that may necessitate 1 in 10 older children and men requiring circumcision later in life, when the cost is 10 times higher the procedure is less convenient, and the cosmetic result can be not as good as when done in infancy.

• Increases by 2-4 fold the risk of thrush and sexually transmitted infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, chancroid and, in some studies Chlamydia.

• Is the biggest risk factor for heterosexually-acquired AIDS virus infection in men. 3 to 8-times higher risk by itself, and even higher when lesions from STIs are added in. Risk per exposure = 1 in 300.

• In the female partners of uncircumcised men is associated with a 5 fold higher incidence of cervical cancer (caused by sexually transmitted HPV), pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility from blockage of fallopian tubes, extopic pregnancy (each caused by Chlamydia), genital herpes, and other conditions.

No LIP SERVICE. References to this FACTUAL information.

More to come tomorrow.


tiffany1377 said...

So the reason to NOT circumcise would be....????

What are people against it again? Am I missing their logic?

NotStyro said...

Good research work! Is there going to be a part 2?

Tiffany, different strokes for different folks. Doesn't make much sense not to circ, but like religion & politics everyone picks sides and stays there until they want to change.

Speedcat Hollydale said...

I just want to be top commenter now

Hi Lauren (((((smile)))))