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Viagra Skin Cancer Causes

A recent study indicates that Viagra may increase users’ risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

A recent study indicates that Viagra (generic: sildenafil) may increase users’ risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Manufactured by Pfizer Inc., Viagra is the best-selling erectile dysfunction (ED) drug in the United States, which makes the study’s findings all the more troubling. The American Cancer society estimates that about 76,100 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2014, resulting in nearly 10,000 deaths.

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How Can Viagra Cause Melanoma Skin Cancer?

In April 2014, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine determined that Viagra users were 84% more likely to develop melanoma compared to non-users over a period of 10 years. And while the research failed to prove conclusively that Viagra causes skin cancer, it did identify a disturbing link between the drug and the disease.

The study evolved from laboratory research on how sildenafil (the main active ingredient contained in Viagra) acts on cell-to-cell signaling pathways. This research found that the ingredient mimics a process that allows skin cancer cells to migrate to other parts of the body. Melanoma that spreads is extremely difficult to treat, and can result in death.

To determine whether Viagra may have a similar effect on skin cancer in human patients, the researchers examined data collected from the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study, a Harvard-based project that started in 1986. The test subjects answered health and lifestyle questions every 2 years. Questions about ED drugs began being asked in 2000. During that year, 1,618 test subjects reported having used Viagra at some point in their lives.

Over the next 10 years, among the 29,929 men who had never taken Viagra, 128 were diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. Among the 1,618 men who had taken the drug, 14 got melanoma. Specifically, 4.3 of every 1,000 non-users developed melanoma compared to 8.6 of every 1,000 users. After statistical adjustments, the increase from 4.3 to 8.6 equals a relative risk of 84%.

Should You Worry?

Epidemiological studies like the one published in JAMA are good at telling you who is at the scene of the crime, but not so good at telling who done it. It’s clear that more research needs to be conducted to better understand the link between Viagra and melanoma skin cancer. In the meantime, Viagra users should protect their skin from too much sun and have routine skin checks to identify melanoma in its early stages, while it’s still treatable.

Do I Have a Viagra Skin Cancer Lawsuit?

The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Viagra Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new melanoma cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you got skin cancer from Viagra, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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