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U.S. circumcision rate lowest in the West

CREATED Aug 27, 2013

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  • Where a boy is born has a big influence on whether he'll be circumcised, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The percentage of baby boys being circumcised in U.S. hospitals has dropped.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a 32-year period, the number of male newborns circumcised dropped nationally to 58.3 percent in 2010 from 64.5 percent in 1979.

It is not clear why, but in Western States about 40 percent of baby boys were circumcised in 2010, by far the lowest rate in the country, from 63.9 percent in 1979.

About 66 percent of newborns in the Northeast were circumcised.  Rates in the Midwest are the highest in the country at 77.1 percent.  The South’s rate, in 2010, was 58.4 percent.