The debate surrounding circumcision takes another twist. According to a new study, conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, the oft-maligned practice of snipping the male foreskin may reduce his chance of prostate cancer.

The key word here is may. And the team behind the study admits there’s no conclusive evidence between the two at this point other than the curious observation that of the roughly 3,400 men in the study, 1,754 had prostate cancer. Getting snipped before first sexual intercourse lowered a man’s risk of the ailment by 15%.

The health benefits of circumcision are debatable. That may very well be the understatement of the century, to say nothing of the ethics involved. Last year, a San Francisco-based comic book, Foreskin Man, drew considerable attention to the practice and called for an outright ban of snipping newborns in the City By the Bay.

Generally speaking, we’re not gonna wade into an ethical issue such as this. We’re a male enhancement blog, and while we’re here for issues relating to penis size and performance, with circumcision we feel it’s important to objectively present the arguments for and against as they arise. Lately, they’ve been doing just that.

There may be health benefits to circumcision. But at present, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend the practice as a routine.

Circumcised men may also experience pain during sex, and as some studies have noted, may experience more sex problems than men who’ve never been snipped.

Still, it’s an interesting link, that circumcision may reduce a man’s chance of prostate cancer. And of the many issues surrounding this topic, only one thing is definitively proven: the debate surrounding circumcision is not about to let up…