Quick Answer: Why Do Americans Circumcise?

Is circumcision good or bad?

no risk of infants and children getting infections under the foreskin.

easier genital hygiene.

much lower risk of getting cancer of the penis (although this is a very rare condition and good genital hygiene also seems to reduce the risk.

More than 10,000 circumcisions are needed to prevent one case of penile cancer).

What percentage of Americans are circumcised?

There’s no question that among the world’s wealthy nations, the U.S. stands out when it comes to circumcision. The WHO estimates that the overall male circumcision rate in the states is somewhere between 76 and 92 percent. Most Western European countries, by contrast, have rates less than 20 percent.

Is circumcision normal in America?

Unlike in Europe – where rates are low, and circumcision is mostly confined to the Jewish and Muslim communities – circumcision is one of the most common operations in the US. Three-quarters of American adult men are circumcised. There are over one million procedures each year, or around one every 30 seconds.

Who gets circumcised in America?

In many cultures, circumcision is a religious rite or a ceremonial tradition. It is most common in Jewish and Islamic faiths. In the United States, newborn circumcision is an elective procedure. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that about 64 percent of newborn boys undergo circumcision.

Why did they circumcise in the Bible?

In the Hebrew Bible Circumcision was enjoined upon the biblical patriarch Abraham, his descendants and their slaves as “a token of the covenant” concluded with him by God for all generations, an “everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:13), thus it is commonly observed by two (Judaism and Islam) of the Abrahamic religions.

How many guys in the US are circumcised?

Across the 32-year period from 1979 through 2010, the national rate of newborn circumcision declined 10% overall, from 64.5% to 58.3% (Table and Figure 1). During this time, the overall percentage of newborns circumcised during their birth hospitalization was highest in 1981 at 64.9%, and lowest in 2007 at 55.4%.

How much of the world is circumcised?

We estimate that 37–39 % of men globally are circumcised.