Melanoma Skin Cancer Is More Common in Men who Took Viagra

By Bill O'Mara, Virginia Injury Lawyer

Erectile dysfunction is certainly a debilitating condition and one that has fuelled the popularity of the little blue pill Viagra.

But it remains to be seen how many men who took Viagra to improve their sex lives, would have  had they known it would increase their chances of getting skin cancer.

The skin cancer link has been in the news a lot recently as the number of lawsuits brought against Viagra’s manufacturer Pfizer increases. The studies are not conclusive and Viagra has been linked to other conditions including headaches, blindness, nausea, stomach pain and deafness.

Recently, the Daily Mail reported on the potential link between Sildenafil, which is marketed as Viagra, and skin cancer.

Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany discovered the drug stimulates the growth of tumors.

This was not the first piece of research about Viagra. A long-term study, published two years ago in the United States studied 15,000 men. It concluded the drug increased the risk of malignant melanoma. The link was confirmed in 2015 in a study of nearly 24,000 men in Sweden.

However, the research has not proved that Viagra has a biological effect of the drug on tumor cells and the studies could not discount the fact the increased skin cancer incidence among users could have been linked to lifestyle factors such as sunbathing on vacation.

Lawsuits are often brought against the makers of drugs when their products have failed to warn of potentially deadly side effects. This certainly appears to have been the case with Viagra.

Lawsuits Are Brought over Viagra

Viagra has been linked to an increased incidence of melanoma which is the most serious kind of skin cancer. If it’s caught early it can be easily eradicated but it spreads quickly to other parts of the body if it’s left too late.

The most common types of treatment for melanoma include surgery, skin biopsies, chemotherapy, radiation treatments and follow-up visits to your medical provider. This can be very costly. One year’s supply of FDA-approved medicine for chemotherapy for this kind of cancer will set you back $30,000.

Men who believe taking Viagra has led to skin cancer, are launching actions against Pfizer. If you or a loved one has developed melanoma after taking Viagra, you may have legitimate grounds to file a lawsuit. Call our experienced Virginia dangerous drugs attorneys for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.

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