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The Circumcision Rate in the USA

On the internet it is often quoted that the circumcision rate in the US has fallen to below 50%. However, these statistics are flawed because they only include circumcisions done during hospital stay and don’t include e.g. circumcisions done as an out-patient basis like in a pediatrician’s practice.

A detailed study of the current circumcision practices was done in 2014, which took into account the factors above, and the results have shown that the circumcision rate in the US has fallen, but only by about 6 percentage points overall, to about 79%.

This fall is mainly due to the babies born to new immigrants (mainly from Latin America), where circumcision is not widely known. Amongst the non-immigrant population the circumcision rate has remained more or less constant at over 80%. For an abstract of this paper, see here, for a pdf version, see here.

“The latest data on male circumcision in the United States show a 2.5% overall increase in prevalence in males aged 14 to 59 years between 2000 and 2010. In contrast, there has been a downward trend in neonatal circumcisions, with the present analyses finding that the true extent of this decline is 6 percentage points. Given (1) the wide-ranging protection that neonatal circumcision affords against a diversity of medical conditions, some of which can be fatal; (2) the high benefit to risk ratio; (3) the data on cost-effectiveness; and (4) the affirmative AAP policy in 2012, in our view, it might be an appropriate time for governments, insurers, and the medical profession to act. When considered together with ethical and human rights arguments, neonatal circumcision should logically be strongly supported and encouraged as an important evidence-based intervention akin to childhood vaccination. We predict that states that currently no longer cover elective circumcision under Medicaid will restore provision of this procedure for those unable to afford it, especially because it will lead to considerable short- and long-term savings to government health budgets by reducing more expensive circumcisions for medical need later, where these often involve costly general anesthesia; it will also reduce the cost of treatment of the many foreskin-mediated conditions, infections, and cancers in males and their sexual partners that male circumcision affords varying degrees of protection against. We predict that future CDC surveys will find significant ongoing increases in the prevalence of circumcision in the United States.”

Further References:

Statistical Brief #45: Circumcisions Performed in U.S. Community Hospitals, 2005
Note again that the statistics quoted in this study again only refers to hostpital based circumcisions, and does not include circumcisions done on an outpatient basis in e.g. doctors' practices.