Texas Viagra Melanoma LawyerViagra (sildenafil), a popular erectile dysfunction drug, has been linked to an 84% increased risk of melanoma (skin cancer) in a recent study.

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UPDATE: Another Study Links Viagra and Skin Cancer

June 2016 — PLoS Medicine has published a study linking Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra to a 14% increased risk of melanoma skin cancer. However, researchers say the study “strongly suggests” sun exposure is responsible. In other words, men who take Viagra also spend more time outdoors and take more sunny vacations. Click here to read more.

Viagra Lawsuits Centralized in MDL

April 2016 — Federal judges have centralized all federal Viagra lawsuits involving melanoma (skin cancer) into a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2691) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under Judge Richard Seeborg:

Study Links Viagra and 21% Increased Risk of Melanoma

In June 2015, a study found that men who take Viagra are 21% more likely to develop malignant melanoma (aggressive skin cancer), but researchers believe the increased risk is due to lifestyle factors and not a causal relationship between the drug and disease. Click here to read more.

Viagra Lawsuits

  • June 8, 2015 — A man from Tennessee who developed invasive melanoma (skin cancer) after using Viagra for over a decade has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer. Click here to read more.
  • December 12, 2014 — A man who was diagnosed with skin cancer after taking Viagra has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer for failing to warn about the side effect. Click here to read more.

Study Links Viagra and Risk of Vision Loss

Viagra is already known to cause vision problems, but a study published in October 2014 suggested that people with a common gene mutation might be at risk of permanent vision loss. Click here to read more.

Study Links Viagra and 84% Increased Risk of Melanoma

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has linked the use of Viagra to an increased risk of skin cancer. Conclusions were based on data from nearly 26,000 men who participated in a study at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Researchers tracked the rates of skin cancer between 2000-2010. At the end of the study, there were 142 cases of melanoma, 580 cases of squamous cell carcinoma, and 3,030 cases of basal cell carcinoma.

The multivariage-adjusted hazard ratio linked recent use of Viagra with an 84% increased risk of melanoma. In contrast, Viagra did not increase the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma. Erectile dysfunction was not linked to melanoma. Men who had ever taken Viagra were also more likely to develop melanoma.

How Could Viagra Cause Melanoma?

Experts are uncertain whether Viagra causes melanoma and more research is needed. However, there are a few theories that could explain a possible mechanism. Melanoma is very complex, but in humans, most cases occur in a pathway regulated by the BRAF protein. BRAF inhibits PDE5A, which Viagra also inhibits. Studies have linked lower levels of PDE5A with an increased risk of cancer-cell invasiveness and metastasis. This suggests Viagra could increase the invasiveness of malignant melanoma.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the most serious, aggressive type of skin cancer. It affects melanocytes (pigment cells) and it can grow anywhere on the body. If it is diagnosed early enough, melanoma can almost always be cured.

Treatment becomes much more complex after melanoma spreads. This complication (“metastasis”) occurs when cancerous cells break away from their original location and invade blood vessels and/or lymph nodes. Melanoma can also attack other tissues and cause new tumors.

Symptoms

  • Asymmetrical borders: If you draw a line through the mole; the two sides do not match
  • Irregular border: Edges are ragged or blurry
  • Color is uneven: Black, brown, white, red, pink, or other colors
  • Grows: Most melanomas are larger than a pea and grow in size.
  • Changes over time: You may have noticed it growing over the last few weeks or months
  • Skin texture changes: On advanced melanomas, it may feel hard, painful, itchy, etc.

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