Viagra and Skin Cancer ‘Melanoma’ – There is a Potential Relationship!

Through a study conducted on Tuesday, researchers found out that some types of erectile dysfunction drugs, including Viagra, can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer melanoma. Almost stopping short of actually proving that the medicine causes the skin cancer, the Journal of the American Medical Association states the more research needs to be conducted on medications known as PDE5 inhibitors.

PDE5 are medicines which include Viagra, Levita, Cialis and others.

Findings from Swedish medical records from 2002- 2012, in which 4000 cases of melanoma were studied, researchers found out that 11% of the patients had been using a PDE5 inhibitor to correct an erectile dysfunction.

It was found that men who took the erectile dysfunction drug were 21% higher risk than men who don’t; this was found by comparing these men to a group of cancer free men selected at random from the same registry and matched by their ages.

The most at risk of getting melanoma were men who had filled a single prescription for the drug, about 32% higher, while men who had filed multiple prescriptions were 14% higher. Dr. Stacy Loeb of New York University led the study, and stated that 14% was not statistically significant.

The puzzling factor of the research was that men who took erectile dysfunction drugs were most likely to be diagnosed with a low-grade melanoma and not advanced or high risk cancers. Researchers pointed out that the risk of melanoma that they found among erectile dysfunction drug takers was modest and shows about seven additional cancer cases per 100,000 men who take the erectile dysfunction medicines.

Chris Chapple, Secretary General of the European Association of Urology said although the research shows interesting links but not enough research is available to draw a conclusion. Chapple was not involved with the study.

Even though the there might be a potential relation between erectile dysfunction drugs and melanoma, there is not enough proof available for people to stop using the drugs for treatments.

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