Tag Archives: circumcision


Rising Penile Cancer creates a Stir

LINK: Penis Cancer is on the Increase: What are the Symptoms?

3 days after Valentine’s Day the Huffington Post Lifestyle (UK) posted a report on the increase in penile cancer of 21% over the last 30 years. SCARY STUFF! The Article goes on to highlight 3 possible causes for this, including a decrease in “routine” or newborn circumcisions. Circumcision is known to reduce ALL sexually transmitted infections including infections with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV causes a number of symptoms and diseases including penile cancer and… ladies pay attention… cervical cancer. While the reported rise in penile cancer is disturbing, let us not forget that cervical cancer is already the second most common cancer in women worldwide (source) and one of the TOP THREE cancers killing women in the Caribbean. Jamaica reports cervical cancer as the second most common cancer in women, surpassed only by breast cancer.

Vaccines against the HPV virus available in most Caribbean territories. Women whose partners are circumcised are less likely to be exposed to the HPV virus, and have a lower risk of cervical cancer. Get informed, talk to your health care provider, seek reliable information on protecting your own health and carefully consider the pros and cons of all interventions that can lead to prevention.

The right to be Jewish?

Jason Biggs, wife Jenny Mollen cause uproar with photos from son’s circumcision ceremony – Daily News

Is there a balance to be found between activists and cultural differences. In respecting individual opinion AND the right to self-expression, I try to give that freedom equally, to all people. I admire this family’s decision to leave the post and comments public, even after the electronic assault.

…no, I would not have made my baby’s photos public in the first place, but that’s my personal take on a child’s right to privacy….

Greater Benefits of Infant Circumcision: AAP August, 2013

Ultimately, all health decisions for a child are the responsibility of the parents. I encourage parents to embrace research and make informed decisions.

Please read the article linked below and share your comments and stories of your experience.

New scientific evidence shows the health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all newborn boys, according to an updated policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The revised policy, like the previous one from the AAP, says the decision whether or not to circumcise should be left to the parents in consultation with their child’s doctor. 

New Evidence Points to Greater Benefits of Infant Circumcision, But Final Say is Still Up to Parents, Says AAP.