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The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found sildenafil, commonly known as Viagra®, may increase a man’s risk for melanoma by as much as 84 percent.

A recent medical study links sildenafil, best known by its brand name, Viagra®, to an increased risk of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Viagra® may have nearly doubled melanoma risk in an estimated 45 million men who opted to take the drug since it hit the market in 1998. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the deadliest form of the disease.

According to figures from the Melanoma Research Foundation, an estimated 77,000 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2014, and the disease will cause nearly 10,000 deaths, with one person dying of melanoma every hour of every day.

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Those who used Cialis®, Levitra®, Viagra® or other Sildenafil based drugs had a higher diagnosis rate of skin cancer even when the study was adjusted to take into account genetic history of skin cancer in their family, exposure to UV rays and other variables known to increase the risk of skin cancer.

According to www.cancercenter.com some signs of melanoma are:

  • New spots/ freckles/ moles on the skin
  • A change in size, shape or color of an existing mole
  • Sores that do not heal
  • Pigment, redness or swelling that spreads outside the border of a spot to the surrounding skin
  • Itchiness, tenderness or pain
  • Changes in texture or scales, oozing or bleeding from an existing mole

The site also proposes the “ABCD rule” to help detect melanoma skin cancer.

  • A) Asymmetry: Moles with strange shapes, or different markings tightly together or in halves.
  • B) Border: Rough edges and various colors.
  • C) Color: Moles are usually consistent colors including brown, black, tan or pink. Changes in color throughout a mole may be a sign of melanoma.
  • D) Diameter: Moles bigger than ¼ inch diameter may be cancerous but some melanoma cancer are smaller.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma after using Viagra®, a lawsuit can help provide you with an opportunity to seek compensation for damages related to the disease.
Melanoma is a very serious and deadly skin cancer. Like most cancers, early detection and treatment provide the best survival rates.

By filing a lawsuit, you may also be able to hold Pfizer accountable for releasing a potentially dangerous drug into the marketplace.