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Circumcision is the act of removing the foreskin of a male. There is both strong support and opposition for this procedure. In general, circumcision reduces the risk of some male genital cancers (most notably penile cancer, even though it is extremely rare), and also reduces the risk of infection by only 1.5%.

In the Islamic and Jewish religions, circumcision sometimes may be performed. In most forms of Christianity, it is not required, only 25% of Christians in the world are circumcised.

Circumcision rates by country:

  • United States[1]: 55% of males are circumcised
    • Texas[2]: 77.4% of males are circumcised
    • New York State[3]: 65.0% of males are circumcised
    • California[4]: 20% of males are circumcised
    • All other states: Approx. 55% of males are circumcised
  • Canada[5]: 10% of males are circumcised (circumcision is slightly more common in Ontario/Quebec than in the West or Atlantic Provinces)
    • Ontario: Approx. 30% of males are circumcised
    • Quebec: Approx. 20% of males are circumcised
    • British Columbia: Approx. 5% of males are circumcised
    • The Prairies (AB, SK, MB) and the Territories: Approx: 4% of males are circumcised
    • Atlantic Provinces: Approx: 10% of males are circumcised
  • United Kingdom[6]: 5% of males are circumcised
  • Australia[7]: 7% of males are circumcised

Circumcision is not very common in North America.

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