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2014 – Viagra linked to increased risk for melanoma

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Published in the April, 2014 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine, an article by WQ Li et al. titled “Sildenafil Use and Increased Risk of Incident Melanoma in US Men: A Prospective Cohort Study.” provides us with important insight into the connection between Viagra (sildenafil) and melanoma, a deadly skin cancer affecting millions worldwide every year.

Li et al. (2014) writes “sildenafil use increases the invasiveness of melanoma cells, which raises the possible adverse effect of sildenafil use on melanoma risk.”  As such, the team aimed to “evaluate the association between sildenafil use and risk of incident melanoma among men in the United States”, in a study of 25,848 men with erectile dysfunction who used Viagra.

“We identified 142 melanoma, 580 [squamous cell carcinoma], and 3030 [basal cell carcinoma] cases during follow-up (2000-2010).”

“Recent sildenafil use at baseline was significantly associated with an increased risk of subsequent melanoma with a multivariate-adjusted hazard ratio (HR) of 1.84 (95% CI, 1.04-3.22).”  That is, Viagra use was found to raise the risk of melanoma by 84%, nearly double.

And, it was found that “A secondary analysis excluding those reporting major chronic diseases at baseline did not appreciably change the findings; the HR of melanoma was 2.24 (95% CI, 1.05-4.78) for sildenafil use at baseline and 2.77 (1.32-5.85) for ever use”, placing the risk for melanoma at more than 200%.

Because the manufacturers of Viagra have failed to notify users of these risks in the Viagra Warning Label, a number of Viagra melanoma lawsuits have been filed.  If you or a loved one used Viagra and suffered melanoma, you may be entitled to significant finanical compensation for your injury.  For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of Viagra melanoma lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve.

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