The benefits of medical male circumcision have been proven to also extend to women. It has been shown that female partners of men who are circumcised have a less risk of contracting the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.
South Africans are increasingly exposed to the risks of mouth and throat cancer because of a chronic shortage of dentists.
According to the South African Dental Association, there are possibly fewer than 3500 practising dentists in the country.
"Your oral cavity is never examined unless you go to a dentist," said Professor André van Zyl, of the School of Dentistry at the University of Pretoria.
He was speaking at a press briefing in Cape Town yesterday to highlight the increased risks of developing mouth and throat cancer through smoking cannabis and using hubbly-bubbly or hookah pipes.