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I was saddened by Dr John Fitton's article in which he felt so angry about circumcision of infants.

Doctors are poorly educated today about circumcision and new parents today are not given any information about its benefits.

Just as with vaccinations, we should inform parents and let them make their choice.

Despite widespread use in the USA, Australia, Korea and the Phillipines ­ some two billion estimated ­ only a minority are dissatisfied.

The benefits in reducing incidence of HIV and cervical cancer is widely reported. Up to 20 per cent of those not circumcised in infancy require the op later. Not a few choose to be circumcised for hygiene or body image purposes.

The news from Dr Fitton that it is becoming more frequent is good news for females as well as males. For more information visit

Dr David Hawker

Bodmin, Cornwall

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