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Circumcision cuts prostate cancer risk—but only a bit

Scientists have found more evidence for yet another health benefit of circumcision for young males. In addition to reducing the risk of urinary tract problems, penile cancer and sexually transmitted infections, doctors might now add lower rates of prostate cancer to the mix. In a study of nearly 3,400 men, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle found that males who were circumcised before their first sexual encounter were somewhat less likely to develop prostate cancer in later life compared to uncircumcised men. 


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