Study Links Viagra Erectile Dysfunction Drug to Melanoma Skin Cancer

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Study Links Viagra Erectile Dysfunction Drug to Melanoma Skin Cancer

Men using Viagra to treat erectile dysfunction may have an 84% increased risk of developing melanoma cancer.

More than a decade after the FDA updated Viagra’s warning label to include the risk of sudden hearing or vision loss, a new study has identified a potential connection between the popular erectile dysfunction drug and an increased risk of melanoma skin cancer. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in April 2014, the study warns that men taking Viagra may have a significantly increased risk of developing melanoma, a deadly type of skin cancer that kills more than 8,000 people in the United States every year. If you have been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, and you believe the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra to be the cause, contact an experienced Viagra attorney today to explore your possible compensation options.

Potential Side Effects of Viagra

Viagra has been on the market in the United States since 1998, and is known as one of the best-selling erectile dysfunction drugs available, commonly prescribed to men suffering from devastating symptoms of sexual dysfunction, like the inability to maintain an erection. However, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of the prescription drug in recent months, as well as doubts about how Viagra maker Pfizer Inc. failed to adequately warn users about the potential risk of melanoma cancer from Viagra treatment. While melanoma may affect people of any age or gender, the American Cancer Society reports that the greatest risk of melanoma is among men age 50 and older – also the target group for erectile dysfunction medications.

Viagra and Melanoma Cancer Risk

In the JAMA prospective cohort study, researchers from Harvard Medical School reviewed data on nearly 26,000 men, and found that men taking Viagra may face an 84% increased risk of developing melanoma. In their findings, the study authors suggested that Viagra’s active ingredient, sildenafil, may lower levels of a cancer-fighting protein called PDE5A, which could potentially increase the invasiveness of melanoma cancer cells. According to the researchers, not only may men currently taking Viagra have an 84% increased risk of developing melanoma, but even men with a history of Viagra use may have double the risk.

Contact an Experienced Viagra Attorney for Help

Since the release of the Viagra melanoma study, product liability lawyers across the country have begun investigating melanoma claims filed on behalf of Viagra users, alleging that Pfizer failed to provide patients and doctors with adequate information about the potential risk of melanoma skin cancer associated with Viagra. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of Viagra, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable product liability lawyer who has experience handling Viagra injury claims.

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