Circumcision Crucial for Preventing Cervical Cancer
BLANTYRE: A Malawian cancer expert has asked authorities to consider exploring possibilities of using medical male circumcision to reduce cervical cancer.
Malawi’s only Oncologist, Dr Leo Masamba of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QUECH) in Blantyre said although no research has been conducted locally, there are theoretical linkages between the HIV virus and the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer.
“WHO proved out that male circumcision is one of the effective ways of preventing HIV transmission with the foreskin of a manhood being the agent and HPV is also transmitted in the same way,
“Since cervical cancer is largely associated with HIV sexually active women and men can take the HPV if they have sex with someone who has this cancer and there is a high probability that if HIV can be reduced by male circumcision then the same applies to cervical cancer,” said Dr Masamba.
Dr. Masamba said despite being largely associated with women, the Human Papilloma virus is also a leading cause of cancer that affects the manhood in men.
A two year research conducted in Uganda where circumcision of male adults is increasingly encouraged as a means of reducing the spread of HIV which involved over 1,200 HIV negative, heterosexual couples concluded that female partners of men who were uncircumcised were more to be infected with HPV likely than the partners of the circumcised men.
Half the men received the surgical procedure upon joining the study and the other half were scheduled for circumcision after their participation in the trial ended, according to the study whose results can be found on www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer.
According to Banja La Mtsogolo (BML), one of the country’s leading family planning medical institutions, at least 3,000 men in the country have so far gone under the knife since a government initiated campaign for men to go for circumcision.—Zodiak Online
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