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Published on Aug 04, 2014 by Edgar Snyder

Viagra Use May be Linked to Skin Cancer

Viagra Skin Cancer

Little Blue Pill, Big Red Flag

A study published by JAMA Internal Medicine is claiming that the risk of developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer, is drastically higher in men who use Viagra. Consumers who use the drug are 84% more likely to get this disease than men who do not.

The Harvard School of Public Health followed 26,000 men 10 years after their participation in a study outlining their sun exposure, genetic risks of cancers, history of moles, and use of Viagra. Researchers were looking to identify the frequency of three different skin cancers in the drug users – their methods were able to rule out erectile dysfunction as a link to cancer early on. While melanoma was the least frequent diagnosis in the participants, it was found to be more than twice as likely to appear in Viagra users than in men who don't use the little blue pill. No significant link between the other types of cancers and the drug could be made.

The study made it clear that this only shows a correlation, not a direct cause – it does not say that Viagra causes cancer. Continuing research will be conducted to find the true cause of the increased risk.

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Source: "Viagra may increase melanoma risk, study finds." June 4, 2014. CBS News.
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