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    What does the latest research say about male circumcision and cervical cancer risk?

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    Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Men who are circumcised are protected against multiple foreskin-related risk factors and are less likely to acquire HPV infections. Cervical cancer, which affects 700 women and causes 200 deaths in Australia every year is less common in female sex partners of circumcised males, making circumcision worthy of consideration. A large study if the New England Journal of Medicine found that the risk of cervical cancer in monogamous women whose male partner had had 5 or more previous sexual partners was 6 fold lower when their male partner was circumcised. While prophylactic HPV vaccines should reduce cervical cancer incidence and deaths, they do not cover the full spectrum of HPV types. In contrast, circumcision partially protects against all HPV types. Circumcision and vaccination should therefore be seen as synergistic interventions.

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