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Viagra Linked to Deadly Melanoma Skin Cancer

Recent studies have linked the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra to melanoma skin cancer. Dozens of pending lawsuits have been consolidated under multidistrict litigation as the federal court system prepares to review complaints that could soon number in the hundreds or thousands.

VIAGRA POTENTIALLY DOUBLED MELANOMA RISK FOR MILLIONS OF MEN

According to JAMA Internal Medicine, Viagra may have doubled melanoma risks for the estimated 45 million men who have taken the drug since its launch in 1998.

JAMA Internal Medicine states the correlation is based on study of more than 25,800 men, 6.3 percent of whom reported using Viagra. The study discovered that recent use of Viagra was associated with an 84-percent increase in melanoma risk.

The risk of melanoma is further compounded by the fact that Viagra’s target demographic, men in their 50s and older, are already at the highest risk for melanoma.

Melanoma is considered by the medical community to be the most deadly form of skin cancer. While the five-year survival rate is high for stage 1, the cancer spreads quickly if not immediately detected. As the cancer spreads to lymph nodes and other organs, the patients chances of survival rapidly drops to about 15 to 20 percent.

HOW DO I CHECK FOR MELANOMA?

The American Academy of Dermatology advises people to follow the ABCDE Guidelines when checking themselves for melanoma:

  • Asymmetry: Is one half of the mole or mark not like the other?
  • Border: Are the edges of the mole or mark irregular, ragged, notched, or blurry?
  • Color: Is the mark or mole made up of different shades and colors? Check for brown or black though colors can also include patches of red, with, or blue.
  • Diameter: Is the area of the mark or mole larger than a pencil eraser (6 millimeters)?
  • Evolving: Dos the mark or mole change in shape, color, or elevation? Does it itch, bleed, or crust without warning?
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DRUG LITIGATION ATTORNEY

Thomas J. Henry are leaders in the area of defective drugs and medical devices. If you developed melanoma skin cancer after or while using Viagra, contact our offices immediately. Our team of experienced attorneys is standing by 24/7, nights and weekends. Call now for a free consultation.

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