I have a bit of a query. I hope it’s the right kind of thing to mention here.
I had been wondering if there were any aspects of prostate cancer, its treatment and the side effects of treatment where whether or not the penis was circumcised might be relevant. (I am not circumcised, and have heard plenty over the years about the possible relevance or circumcision to the spread of disease etc))
So I had been going to post with an simple question as to whether having a foreskin or not effects things differently, eg problems with having a catheter in, with keeping things clean/dry when leaking, or with sexual difficulties etc. But then today I found this website:
which contains a link to another site about circumcision, the key page of which is probably:
This site seems to be suggesting/claiming that among other things uncircumcised men are more likely to get prostate cancer, that men of the Jewish faith rarely get prostate cancer. And that circumcision thus prevents prostate cancer. And so if more money was available for circumcisions, then less money would be needed to treat prostate cancer.!!!
I don’t trust the science of this at all. For one thing how many urologists are keeping records of the religious beliefs of their patients? And is prostate cancer also rarely encountered among Muslims?
Without wanting to be facetious I feel that on the basis of that they could perhaps just as easily conclude that pork must cause prostate cancer as Jewish men don’t eat pork. And if other ideas mentioned on this site are taken to an absurd extreme then I might as well say that if everyone had their breasts removed at birth, then there would be no more breast cancer. (I’m not including in that last remark women with high incidence of BC in their families who make an informed choice to have mastectomies. And I wrote what I just did even in the context of having just spoken to a dear friend who has just had to have her post-mastectomy reconstruction surgery postponed as she has a cold,)
Am I misunderstanding something or is there something weird and slightly alarming here vis a vis the role of the (absent) foreskin?
(The Forum rules say I can post a link to a helpful website, so I hope it’s okay to include these links, though they feel like unhelpful websites to me.)
Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on 1st and 2nd Aug 2009, Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night, but wearing pads 24/7
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Seminal Vesicles invaded, but otherwise negative margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009 Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc.