Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Official Medical Society Statements on Newborn Circumcision

Via nocirc:

Canadian Paediatric Society:

"Recommendation: Circumcision of newborns should not be routinely performed."

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians:

"After extensive review of the literature the RACP reaffirms that there is no medical indication for routine neonatal circumcision."

British Association of Paediatric Surgeons:
"The practice [of male circumcision] should be discouraged by education."

British Medical Association:

"The BMA considers that the evidence concerning health benefit from non-therapeutic circumcision is insufficient for this alone to be a justification for doing it."

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia:

"Current understanding of the benefits, risks and potential harm of this procedure, however, no longer supports this practice for prophylactic health benefit. Routine infant male circumcision performed on a healthy infant is now considered a non-therapeutic and medically unnecessary intervention."

American Medical Association:

The AMA calls infant circumcision "non-therapeutic." Regarding penile cancer, the AMA states "...because this disease is rare and occurs later in life, circumcision as a preventive measure is not justified."

American Academy of Family Physicians:

"While routine circumcision is widely practiced, the small medical benefits of circumcision lead many to consider routine circumcision to be a cosmetic procedure. This leads to questions regarding medical ethics..."

American Academy of Pediatrics:
“Existing scientific evidence demonstrates potential medical benefits of newborn male circumcision; however, these data are not sufficient to recommend routine neonatal circumcision.”

American Cancer Society:

“Most public health researchers believe that the penile cancer risk among uncircumcised men without known risk factors living in the United States is extremely low. The current consensus of most experts is that circumcision should not be recommended as a prevention strategy for penile cancer.”

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