Fact check: Does skipping circumcision can cause cancer?

Fact check: Does skipping circumcision can cause cancer?

- The summer season is the perfect time for boys to go through circumcision

- However, some boys choose not to get circumcised

- An expert explained what the possible dangers of not going through the procedure

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The summer season is the perfect time for boys to get circumcised. Most Filipino boys make sure they go through the surgery before they become teenagers, while some went through it when they were still a baby.

Going through circumcision could vary in different countries because of their respective cultures and religions. In the Philippines, circumcision is also necessary for hygienic purposes.

The procedure is all about removing the foreskin or excess skin that is covering the male’s private part.

However, KAMI learned that skipping circumcision could bring dangers to men. So, does it cause cancer, too?

In DZMM’s Good Vibes, urologist Dr. Joseph Lee shared the possible effects of not going through circumcision.

"Minsan kasi pag sinasabi na may excessive foreskin maaaring (magdulot) ng bacteria infection, discharge na naiipon, bacterial infection na maaaring pagmulan ng diseases," Lee said.

"Kung matagal na nagtatago sa area na naka-expose ang glans penis, may tendency na maaaring magdulot siya ng penile cancer, maaaring maipon ang bacteria ... kasi puwede 'yan maging medium for growth," he added.

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What is a penile cancer?

According to the WebMD, penile cancer is a rare disease that occurs when body fluids get trapped in the foreskin of the male’s private part.

The symptoms of penile cancer include rashes, change in size and color of the private part, smelly discharge, swelling, and lumps under the foreskin. However, it should be noted that the same symptoms could occur caused by infection or allergic reaction.

On that note, if such symptoms persist, it is advisable to see a doctor right away.

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