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Neonatal circumcision and penile cancer

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:46

Evidence that circumcision is protective is overwhelming

  1. Edgar J Schoen
  1. Director Regional Perinatal Screening Program, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, 3900 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611, USA

    EDITOR,—As chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Task Force on Circumcision1 and a reviewer on the topic for the American Cancer Society,2 I am amazed at the claim by Paul M Fleiss and Frederick Hodges that no link exists between circumcision and penile cancer.3 In an incredible example of selective medical amnesia the authors ignore evidence that has accumulated in the past 64 years. They discredit Wolbarst's study in 1932 without mentioning the data.4 Wolbarst reviewed 1103 cases …

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