Is Viagra Linked to Melanoma?

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Sometimes research uncovers something that cannot readily be explained but should not be dismissed out of hand. Such was the case recently when a study involving 26,000 men revealed that those who used the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil (Viagra) had nearly twice the risk of developing melanoma than men who never used the drug. While recent sildenafil use was linked with an 84% melanoma risk, taking the drug was not found to be associated with the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers, nor was erectile dysfunction by itself found to be correlated with any melanoma risk. Although the study doesn’t prove cause and effect, men taking PDE5A inhibitors (the sildenafil drug class) should take notice of these findings.

 
Areas of the body that are most prone to developing skin cancer in men are the face, bald scalp, ears, and neck. Whether or not you are presently taking Viagra, you may want to protect your health by having a whole-body skin scan performed by a qualified dermatologist on a regular basis. Men tend to schedule fewer regular visits to the dermatologist than women, but they should understand that skin cancer doesn’t discriminate on the basis of gender, particularly if you are a man who is regularly active outdoors.

 

 

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