Association Between Viagra Usage and Risk of Melanoma

There is a growing epidemic in America. In 1998, the FDA approved Viagra as a medication to increase blood flow to help treat erectile dysfunction. The global revenues for this ED drug have reached a staggering $1.6 billion. However, big pharmaceutical companies keep getting richer while unsuspecting Viagra users are unaware they may be more susceptible to the deadly skin cancer, melanoma.

Studies from different research groups found almost a twofold increased risk of melanoma if a patient ever used Viagra — even once. The FDA once again has failed the American people by refusing to change the labeling on Viagra to warn consumers of the possibility of skin cancer. In fact, the under-reporting of melanoma is alarming. Viagra may have doubled the risk for an estimated 45 million men who took this drug since 1998, and no one is talking about it.

Skin cancer is nothing to take lightly. It is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma being the deadliest. It begins by invading the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells). The melanocytes are responsible for mole formation. Melanoma will develop from these moles and change the color pigmentation. If caught early with regular skin screening, doctors can treat it. However, once metastasized the prognosis is very poor. Cancer will then ravage the liver, lungs, and bones before finally spreading to the brain. An estimated 76,000 Americans (more than half of them are men) will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Almost 10,000 will die from it, which equals one death per hour.

Fight not to be a statistic. If you or a loved one developed melanoma from Viagra use, please call us at 877-513-9517.

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