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Viagra Skin Cancer Treatment

A recently published study has found that Viagra may be associated with a significantly increased risk of melanoma.

Did you or a loved one develop skin cancer after taking Viagra (generic: sildenafil citrate)? A recently published study in a reputable medical journal has found that this widely-prescribed erectile dysfunction (ED) drug may be associated with a significantly increased risk of melanoma, a disease linked to more deaths than any other type of skin cancer. Melanoma kills an estimated 8,790 people in the United States each year.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with skin cancer after taking Viagra, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of Viagra and we can help.

How is Melanoma Treated?

For Viagra users diagnosed with skin cancer, the 1st step in treatment is excision, or surgical removal of the melanoma. Great advances in this stage of the process have been made in recent years, and much less tissue is required as in the past. Patients do just as well after modern excision, which is easier to tolerate and leaves a much smaller scar. Surgical excision may also be referred to as resection, and the borders of the area excised are called margins.

Outpatient Surgery
In patients who have minor to moderate melanomas, surgery can be performed in the doctor’s office or as an outpatient procedure. Stitches will remain in place for 1 to 2 weeks, and most patients are instructed to avoid strenuous physical activity or exercise during this time. Most scars are small and improve over time.

Discolorations and areas of the skin that are depressed or raised after surgery can be concealed with makeup. If the melanoma is large and requires more invasive surgery, a desirable appearance can be obtained with flaps of skin near the tumor, or with skin grafts taken from other parts of the body. For grafting, skin is extracted from areas that are typically covered with clothing.

Margin Guidelines
In the modern approach to melanoma surgery, much less of the normal skin around the tumor is taken out, therefore the margins are narrower than they were in years past. This spares healthy tissue and eliminates the need for reconstructive surgery.

Most surgeons use the following guidelines when performing skin cancer surgery:

  • When there is an in situ melanoma, 0.5-1 cm of the normal skin surrounding the tumor is taken out.
  • For melanomas that are 1 mm or less in thickness, the margins of surrounding skin are set at 1 cm, and the excision extends to all skin layers and down to the fascia (layer of tissue over the muscles).
  • If the tumor is 1.01 to 2 mm thick, 1-2 cm is extracted.
  • If the tumor is 2.01 mm thick or more, 2 cm is removed.

Micrographic Surgery
Over the past several years, Mohs Micrographic Surgery has been increasingly used as an alternative to traditional excision for some kinds of melanomas. In this technique, 1 layer of tissue is taken out at a time, and as each layer is extracted, its margins are examined under a microscope to detect the presence of cancer cells. If the margins are benign (non-cancerous), no further surgery is required.

Micrographic surgery is different from conventional techniques since the microscopic analysis of all removed tissues eliminates the need to estimate how far out or deep the melanoma goes. This lets the surgeon extract all of the cancer cells while sparing the normal tissue. In the past, Mohs Surgery was rarely chosen for melanoma for fear that some cancerous cells might be missed and end up migrating to other parts of the body.

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

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