Reader Question on Circumcision

Reader Question on Circumcision

On 20 April 2012 , tags: children 0 Comments

I received a question from a reader about the stats I posted on here about circumcision.

Her question was about my following comment:

"According to a study done in 2010, only 32% of boys were circumcised. Your son will now be the minority if you chose to circumcise him."

She was curious to know if this was a national or worldwide statistic.

The answer is...

National

I put in an email to the researchers over at The Circumcision Decision Maker just to be perfectly clear about the national and worldwide averages. I wanted to make sure that I was correct in the information I am giving to you. His response was indeed the national average is 32%. The worldwide average is an estimated 1-2% are circumcised!

According to some more research I did on the Circumcision Information and Research Pages, the U.S. circumcision rate is dramatically on the decline.

I am certainly not kidding when I say that your circumcised son will now be the minority.

In fact, the New York Times recently wrote an article in August 2010 about this, noting the drop from 56% in 2006 to 32.5% in 2009. These calculations are done by SDI Health, a company in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., that analyze health care data.

Here are some interesting charts dating from 1995 to 2006 about the circumcision rate by region and race. I would love to see a more recent one, but these are still fascinating.

I appreciate reader responses that challenge me to continue researching this very important topic and many others like it.

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El Bcheraoui C, Greenspan J, Kretsinger K, Chen R. Rates of selected neonatal male circumcision-associated severe adverse events in the United States, 2007-2009 (CDC). Proceedings, AIDS 2010, Vienna, Austria. 5 Aug 2010.

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