Study Links Viagra Use to Increased Risk for Skin Cancer

 

An April 2014 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association has indicated that use of  the drug sildenafil, also known as Viagra, may lead to an increased risk for melanoma.  Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer.  The study found that men using Viagra were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma than men that did not use Viagra.  A study of over 25,000 patients found that when comparing patients that had not previously used Viagra to the patients that had, the patients using Viagra were twice as likely to develop melanoma.

Viagra is a medication that is prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction.  It was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 and since then it has been prescribed to over 20 million men.  The popular “blue pill” has been aggressively marketed to consumers through television and print advertising since its inception and was even featured as a primary sponsor for a NASCAR racing team for several seasons during the 2000’s.

Since Viagra was approved and made available for use in the United States, several other drugs used to combat erectile dysfunction have also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.  Drugs Cialis and Levitra are other popular medications prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction.  The study that links Viagra use to the potential risk for skin cancer did not link Cialis or Levitra to the increased risk for melanoma as the study began prior to those drugs being on the market.  The study indicated the need for additional research on the link between drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction and their link to melanoma.

The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. are currently investigating claims involving the link between drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction and skin cancer.  Victims injured by dangerous drugs may be entitled to compensation for pain & suffering, medical bills and other damages.  If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma after using Viagra or another erectile dysfunction medication, please contact the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. for a Free Case Evaluation.  The Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. can be reached Toll Free at 1-877-333-1000 or via email at info@DeMayoLaw.com