Circumcision and Cervical Cancer Resources

Rebuttal to a Flawed Study on Cervical Cancer: 

Cervical Cancer and Circumcision:

Cervical Cancer: A Reason for Circumcision?

Male Circumcision and Cervical Cancer:

American Cancer Society Letter: 

Penile Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Circumcision (CIRP):

Position Statement on the Use of Male Circumcision to Prevent Cervical Cancer (NOCIRC):

Circumcision and Cervical Cancer (Circumcision Information Australia):

Evidence Sketchy on Cervical Cancer and Circumcision:

Related conversation thread at Saving Our Sons:

Related question from reader at Saving Our Sons:

According to Mayo Clinic, risk factors for the development of cervical cancer include:
  • malnutrition 
  • smoking 
  • artificial hormone use (such as oral contraceptives) 
  • early age of sexual intercourse (with men) 
  • increased number of (male) sexual partners 
  • sexually transmitted infection 
  • partners with genital warts 

Pope Encourages Breastfeeding In Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis encouraged mothers to breastfeed in the Sistine chapel today - before baptising the baby of a couple who married in a civil service (something not previously done). The pope baptised 32 babies in the sacred Catholic chapel, telling mothers they should not be embarrassed to feed their hungry children there.

In an apparent first in the Vatican, he baptized seven-month-old Giulia Scardia, even though his parents married in a town hall. Such a civil service is not technically recognized by the Catholic Church. But the pope has said several times since his election that the Church must not make children of couples in "irregular situations feel like second-class faithful."

Unlike his predecessors, who usually delivered long homilies at the yearly baptism event, the pope offered a brief one of 300 words, centred on the children. "Today the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise." He continued in a relaxed manner addressing parents, "Some will cry because they are not comfortable, or because they are hungry. If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here."

His words were delivered in the same room as the one in which he was elected on March 13th as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years. Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel are some of the world's most celebrated works of art. The ceiling depicts the creation of man and the altar wall shows a severe God at the Last Judgement. But the pope told mothers to not feel intimidated by the surrounding, echoing an interview he gave last month in which he said mothers should never feel uncomfortable breastfeeding during his services and ceremonies.

Painting depicts Mary nursing Jesus

Related Reading and News:

Breastfeeding Baby Jesus (DrMomma)

Breastfeeding in Public: A Christian Father Speaks Up (DrMomma)

Breastfeeding in Church: A Picture of Christ's Sacrificial Love (DrMomma)

Pope Francis encourages mother to breastfeed in public (The Independent)

Pope Francis supports breastfeeding enough to know it needs to happen in public (Huffington Post)

What Would Baby Jesus Eat? Pope Supports Breastfeeding in Public (Today)

Pope Francis backs public breastfeeding - and that makes him traditional (RNS Religion News)

Pope Francis, Breastfeeding, and Breaking Catholic Tradition (Catholic Vote)


Registered Nurses on Circumcision

Registered Nurses on Circumcision, Genital Autonomy, and Intact Care
a resource page by and for nurses

Nursing School: OB clinicals and my experience with infant circumcision

On the ethics of registered nurses assisting in forced infant circumcision

Circumcision: A Male R.N.'s Perspective

The day I withdrew from nursing school

The biggest lie told to parents

If this stained circumstraint could talk

An R.N.'s circumcision tools

Danish Nurses Council declares circumcision unethical

Using a catheter without retraction: my nurse did it and so can yours

Ethical Decision Making in the Clinical Setting: Nurses' Rights and Responsibilities:

American Nurse Today - Staying Current on the Basics:

Nurse's critique of infant circumcision, with Q&A with Dr. Christopher Guest

Male R.N. on the unethical nature of infant circumcision (Genital Integrity Awareness Week interview):

Gillian Longley, R.N. on the anatomy, function, and care of the intact penis

Conscientious objection to non-therapeutic genital cutting (pdf)

Video collection of registered nurses speaking on infant circumcision (to be added)

Educational materials for handing out in nursing school courses:

Medical Professionals for Genital Autonomy

Medical Professionals for Genital Autonomy Group *Coming Soon*
(Please message the MedPro Facebook page to join as this is a secret group for the privacy of its members in practice.)

Saving Our Sons Group (not RN specific, but many nurses and physicians in the group):

Intact: Healthy, Happy, Whole Group (not RN specific, but many nurses and physicians in the group):

"I will not do anything evil or malicious, and I will not knowingly...assist in malpractice."
As a registered nurse, I say NO to infant circumcision.

Anatomy, physiology and function of the intact penis:

There is not one single medical reason to circumcise a baby.
-Christiane Northrup, MD

 Take Charge of Health Care
Functions of the Foreskin

"As nurses, we have incredible responsibility. Our patients trust us with their lives, and their children. As fewer American families circumcise their sons, nurses will need to be equipped with accurate information to care for these children safely and to educate their families. As practicing professionals, we’re charged with keeping up to date, even in the what we might think is the simplest of our interventions. We are teaching our students this knowledge of intact care, but overcoming traditions in practice is difficult."
-Kristen J. Munyan, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Oakland University, Michigan.
Clinician Education Pack

Nurses speak about circumcision.

Postcards available for Medical Professionals at Etsy

Medical Organization Statements on Circumcision

Learn more:

HIV, AIDS & Circumcision Resources

The following items are those that pertain to the study of HIV and AIDS as it relates to circumcision and men's and women's health, as well as the trials conducted across Africa and their outcome on African populations.

In alphabetical order:

ABC: Not Circumcision

African AIDS Propaganda Posters [photo gallery]

African Healer Sees Higher HIV Rates, Lower Condom Use After Circumcision

African HIV/Circumcision Study Ends Early: Too many women becoming infected

A Myth that Kills: AIDS Industry Feeds on Fear [website]

Circumcision: Already Illegal?

Circumcision and HIV: Harm Outweighs Benefit

Circumcision is Not a Cure-all for AIDS

The 'Circumcision Song' Hits Airwaves Across Africa Thanks to Bill Gates' Funding

The Cost to Circumcise Africa [pdf]

The Cut: FGM in Africa

South African Doctor Warns Against Using Circumcision to Fight HIV

Sub-Saharan African randomized clinical trials into male circumcision and HIV transmission: Methodology, ethical and legal concerns [pdf]

Political determinants of variable etiology resonance: Explaining the African AIDS epidemic [abstract]

The Truth About Circumcision and HIV

Two Boys, One Man Die From Circumcision in Eastern Cape

Uganda: Mad Rush for Male Circumcision

Uganda Woman Divorces Husband for Getting Circumcised

The Use of Male Circumcision to Limit HIV Infection [NOCIRC]
The Use of Male Circumcision to Limit HIV Infection [Doctors Opposing Circumcision]

Condoms, not cutting, prevent sexually transmitted infections.

 Informational cards, stickers, wristbands available for educational distribution on Etsy.

"The study in Africa was not done on children—it was done on adult men. There has been absolutely no evidence that circumcising a baby makes any difference on HIV infection rates. Otherwise in the United States, we would have a low HIV rate. And actually we have a rate of heterosexually transmitted HIV that's about three times higher than what it is in Europe, where circumcision is very.rare." -Robert S. Van Howe, M.D. 

If you're in an African nation, you're invited to join the Intact Africa Group

"Being intact is not a risk factor for HIV in the general population of a developed country." -International Conference on AIDS, 2004, "Prevalence of male circumcision and its association with HIV and sexually transmitted infections in a U.S. Navy population." 

As published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Nov 2012. Research carried out with men living in the Caribbean. Find full details here.

Education, not Amputation.
Bracelets available at Etsy.

Stickers to share available on Etsy.

The sensitivity lost to circumcision is equivalent to an intact man wearing four condoms. This is one reason that researchers have noted an increase in HIV spread across African nations where adult circumcision is pushed upon men. Genital cutting removes any protective features that the prepuce naturally holds, and forces men to experience sex in an unnatural, and less pleasurable, manner.



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