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Sildenafil and Skin Cancer Risk

Jun 24, 2014

Sildenafil and Skin Cancer RiskScientists have discovered a possible link between the erectile dysfunction drug sildenafil and melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

But more research is needed and men should not make any changes to their medication regimens without talking to their healthcare providers first. 

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra, which was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1998 for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Previous lab research showed that sildenafil had properties that might spur the growth of melanoma cells. This process could help these cancer cells spread elsewhere in the body.

With this in mind, the researchers decided to take a closer look at sildenafil and melanoma in men.


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