Experts head to head over circumcision

In a controversial paper examining rates of circumcision and estimated health risks in the United States, molecular biologist and emeritus professor at the University of Sydney, Brian Morris, argued that the benefits outweighed risks such as cancer, urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases by 100 to one, with uncircumcised males 20 times more likely to develop penile cancer.

Circumcision rates in the US have declined from 83% in the 1960s to 77% in the 2010. In Australia, it is estimated that about a third of