Viagra May Cause Deadly Melanoma

Viagra may cause deadly melanoma.To treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension, doctors have prescribed Pfizer’s Viagra® to over 45 million men since it hit the market in 1998. The ubiquitous little blue pill poses a potentially deadly threat to all men who have taken it.

According to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine, Viagra® increases the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers. The article found that men who had a history of taking Viagra® were approximately twice as likely to suffer from invasive melanoma.

Melanoma begins in the skin cells that synthesize melanin to pigment in the skin before metastasizing, or spreading, if not diagnosed early. Viagra® inhibits the enzyme PDE5A, increasing melanin production and potentially making melanoma cells more invasive, stimulating the cancer’s development. Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases but a majority of skin cancer deaths.

Viagra Lawsuits

Pfizer has not taken any steps to warn the public or its consumers about the association between Viagra® and melanoma. If you or a loved one has developed melanoma after taking Viagra®, contact Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz to learn more about your legal rights. They have successfully represented and obtained substantial compensation for a number of patients who have been harmed by drugs. Contact AWKO law today at (844) 794-7402 to get more information about your rights as a Viagra injury victim.

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