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Researchers Say Circumcisions Reduce Future Health Costs

Doctors fighting against downward trend in foreskin removal.

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Declining rates of circumcision among infants will translate into billions of dollars' worth of unnecessary medical costs in the United States as the boys grow up and become sexually active men, researchers at Johns Hopkins University said.

In a study published Monday in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a team of economists and epidemiologists estimated that every circumcision not performed would lead to significant increases in lifetime medical expenses to treat sexually transmitted diseases and related cancers—increases that far surpass the costs associated with the procedure.

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