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  • Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin that covers the tip of the penis.
  • Most circumcisions are performed for family, cultural or religious reasons.
  • In Australia today, fewer than 20 per cent of boys are circumcised.
  • When considering circumcision for your child, you should be aware of the possible risks and benefits.
  • Circumcision may offer health benefits, although these may be too small to justify surgery.
  • There are different methods of circumcision. The procedure can be performed using a general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic.

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Reviewed on: 27-02-2019