Medicine: Circumcision & Cancer

The fact that 85% of the boy babies born in U.S. private hospitals nowadays are circumcised, regardless of the parents' religious beliefs, may be an important factor in reducing cancer of the uterine cervix (neck of the womb) in years to come. Dr. Ernest L. Wynder. of Manhattan's Memorial Center for Cancer and Allied Diseases,* has reached this comforting conclusion after studying the striking differences in the incidence of cervical cancer among women with different marital histories.

It all began with the oft-quoted observation that among Jewish women whose husbands have been routinely,...

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