The carcinogenicity of smegma: debunking a myth

The carcinogenicity of smegma: debunking a myth Background Smegma is widely believed to cause penile, cervical and prostate cancer. This nearly ubiquitous myth continues to permeate the medical literature despite a lack of valid supportive evidence. Methods A historical perspective of medical ideas pertaining to smegma is provided, and the original studies in both animals and humans are reanalysed using the appropriate statistical methods. Results Evidence supporting the role of smegma as a carcinogen is found wanting. Conclusions Assertions that smegma is carcinogenic cannot be justified on scientific grounds. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology Wiley

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2006 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0926-9959
eISSN
1468-3083
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-3083.2006.01653.x
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16987256
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Abstract

Background Smegma is widely believed to cause penile, cervical and prostate cancer. This nearly ubiquitous myth continues to permeate the medical literature despite a lack of valid supportive evidence. Methods A historical perspective of medical ideas pertaining to smegma is provided, and the original studies in both animals and humans are reanalysed using the appropriate statistical methods. Results Evidence supporting the role of smegma as a carcinogen is found wanting. Conclusions Assertions that smegma is carcinogenic cannot be justified on scientific grounds.

Journal

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & VenereologyWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2006

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