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Sildenafil and Skin Cancer Risk

Jun 24, 2014

They studied ten years’ worth of data (2000-2010) from men who participated in the Health Professionals’ Follow-Up Study, an ongoing research project that began in 1986. The men, all health professionals, were between 40 and 75 years old and completed health questionnaires every two years. In 2000, men were first asked whether they took sildenafil.

The analysis included information on 25,848 men with a mean age of 65 years. Just over 6% said they had used sildenafil at some point in their lives.

The researchers discovered that the men who took sildenafil had a higher risk of developing melanoma than the men who did not take the drug.

The study’s results need to be interpreted carefully, however.

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