Regardless of family history, men who take Viagra at higher risk of developing melanoma

June 19, 2014

A recent study by JAMA released in April of this year has found that men who take Viagra, the popular drug prescribed for erectile dysfunction, have an shocking 84% risk of developing melanoma, the deadly skin cancer. The study tracked more than 25,000 men who were on average around the age of 65 and who had taken the drug within 3 months.

What they found was that regardless of a family history of skin cancer, these men were more than twice as likely to develop melanoma after taking Viagar. They also accounted for high ultraviolet light exposure and a history of other cancers and still found that Viagra patients had a significantly increased risk of developing melanoma, implying that the drug and not a medical history or environmental exposure was accountable for this serious complication. 

Researchers believe that sildenafil, sold as the drugs Viagra or Revatio, increases the invasiveness of melanoma cells by lowering PDE5A expression, making men who take the drug more vulnerable and susceptible to the skin cancer. Since it was introduced to the market, more than 23 million men have taken the drug. Although the exact number of men affected is currently unknown, JAMA’s study has begun the momentum on further studies that will continue the examine the link between melanoma and Viagra usage. 

 

Legal Commentary 

Our experienced pharmaceutical lawyers are currently investigating claims for those affected by melanoma that developed while or after taking Viagra. From a civil standpoint, our firm has represented numerous individuals and families who have become victim to Viagra and its dangerous side effects and the following psychological trauma. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these side effects you should contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim pursued against the responsible party will ensure the victims are not burdened with costly medical expenses, and will hopefully compensate them for their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead Viagra lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer with a focus on representing Viagra victims and families harmed by dangerous drugs on a nationwide basis. Mr. Nachawati has resolved numerous cases through trial and settlement that have resulted in seven and eight figure confidential settlements. He is on the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas and Arkansas, and is in most federal courts in the nation and holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Nachawati is a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Board of Directors for Public Justice, a Leaders’ Forum and PAC member of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for the past four consecutive years for legal excellence, in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati is also a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Nachawati can be reached by email at mn@fnlawfirm.comor by calling 1.866.705.7584.​

 

 

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