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Study Suggests Link Between Viagra and Melanoma — Physician’s First Watch

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April 9, 2014

Study Suggests Link Between Viagra and Melanoma

By Larry Husten

A new study provides early evidence showing an association between sildenafil (Viagra) and melanoma, though, like all observational studies, it is unable to demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship.

The retrospective study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, analyzed data from more than 25,000 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Men who had recently used sildenafil had nearly twice the risk for developing melanoma after adjustment for other risk factors. Men who had used sildenafil at any time faced a similar increase in risk. There was no significant association between erectile function by itself and melanoma.

The authors caution that their findings "should be interpreted cautiously and are insufficient to alter current clinical recommendations." An editorialist agrees that a prospective study will be required before clinical recommendations should be changed.

Adapted from CardioExchange.

Reader Comments (2)

Ole Hansen, "viagraole" Doctor Other Healthcare Professional, Hospital Medicine, London, UK

Yes there are some positive results going on many places with link Between Viagra and Melanoma some results say 0,47 % more risk than non users other results have bigger risk. I can only say to people it is better to use Natural Viagra, i have made a natural Viagra product where the risk are what we know untill now are near 0 %. I think is better to use natural fruit and herbs, i think i not can leave my link here but this are also okay.

John B. Stadler, M.D. Physician, Psychiatry, retired

If this association is true, there should have been a large increase in the incidence of Melanoma in middle aged and elderly men after sildenafil entered the pharmacopeia.

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