Melanoma Risks of Viagra May Outweigh Drug's Erectile Dysfunction Benefits

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Melanoma Risks of Viagra May Outweigh Drug’s Erectile Dysfunction Benefits

Men taking Viagra for erectile dysfunction may be 84% more likely to suffer from melanoma, a deadly for of skin cancer.

New information indicating that men taking Viagra for erectile dysfunction may have an increased risk of developing melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer, has raised serious concerns about whether the possible benefits of the medications justify the potential risk. Researchers have hypothesized that Viagra lowers levels of a cancer-fighting protein called PDE5A, which results in melanoma skin cancer cells becoming more invasive in the body. If you believe you have been adversely affected by melanoma side effects of Viagra, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumes harmed by dangerous medications, and can put you in touch with an attorney who has experience handling Viagra cancer claims.

Viagra Melanoma Side Effects

Viagra (sildenafil) was developed by Pfizer in 1998, and has since become one of the most widely used erectile dysfunction drugs in the United States. Viagra’s popularity is due at least in part to Pfizer’s aggressive marketing of the medication as a safe and effective treatment for erectile dysfunction, which causes men to experience sexual problems, like the inability to maintain an erection. In spite of these claims though, researchers from Harvard Medical School published a study earlier this year indicating that men who took Viagra were a whopping 84% more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, compared to men who do not take the medication.

Viagra Benefits vs. Risks

According to FDA regulations, every medication on the market must have benefits that outweigh any risks associated with the drug, in order to be approved for consumer use. While Viagara has been shown to aid some men with erectile dysfunction in achieving erections, the drug doesn’t actually treat any underlying causes of the condition, which may range from stress to anxiety or aging. Furthermore, while erectile dysfunction itself doesn’t pose any physical risk for men, the drug used to treat the condition may expose users to melanoma skin cancer and even death. In most cases where the FDA allows potentially dangerous drugs to stay on the market, it’s because they combat even more severe health conditions. However, this is not the case with Viagra.

A Skilled Viagra Lawyer Can Help

The American Cancer Society indicates that melanoma is diagnosed in approximately 69,000 Americans every year, causing about 8,650 deaths annually. Since the potential risk of melanoma cancer with Viagra treatment came to light, critics have raised questions about how Pfizer failed to detect and warn users about this potentially deadly risk. If you took Viagra to treat impotence or erectile dysfunction, and you have since suffered from a serious side effect like melanoma, contact an experienced Viagra attorney today for legal help. You may have grounds to file a Viagra lawsuit against Pfizer, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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