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Study Examines Possible Link Between Viagra and Increased Risk of Melanoma

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viagra melanoma warning, Illinois defective drugs attorneyEvery medication has side effects, but some drugs are released to the public so quickly that some of them may be unknown. This makes them dangerous and defective drugs, and in some instances, deadly. A new study, published in the journal of American Medical Association, suggests that this may very well be the case with the popular erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra.

Study Examines Viagra for Melanoma Risk

Viagra was the first drug manufactured for erectile dysfunction, and at the time the study started, it was the only one in existence. Researchers on the study opted to examine it for its potential to increase melanoma risks because both the drug and the cancer block the enzyme phosphodiesterase within the body’s cells.

For the purposes of their study, the authors followed the health records of 25,000 male health professionals over 10 years. Some took Viagra during that time; others did not. Researchers tracked all of them to determine which received a melanoma diagnosis during the course of the study. Overall, they found that the risk of melanoma was nearly doubled for men who took Viagra.

Viagra and Melanoma – Coincidence or Link?

At this time, the study can only provide a possible association between the use of Viagra and an increased risk of melanoma. After all, it is possible that the men who took Viagra spent more time out in the sun, or used sunscreen less frequently. But if that were true, it would have made more sense for there to be an increase of all types of skin cancers in these men, not just an increase melanomas. This was not the case, however.

What If the Link Is Real?

Melanoma is a life-threatening cancer, especially if it is not detected early. This could mean damages ranging from highly expensive cost of treatment to death. An unknown, unlisted side effect such as this is an unacceptable oversight on the part of the drug manufacturer, and they should be held accountable.

At Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C., our experienced Chicago, Illinois defective drugs attorneys understand the complexities and obstacles often experienced when attempting to seek damages from drug manufacturers. We are dedicated to helping you fight for fair compensation. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with melanoma cancer and has taken Viagra, contact our offices for a free consultation by calling 312-553-4900 today.

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