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...
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.
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.