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Study: Chances Are, ED Drugs Don’t Cause Melanoma

Aug 11, 2015

Study: Chances Are, ED Drugs Don’t Cause MelanomaErectile dysfunction (ED) drugs like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis probably don’t cause melanoma, a form of skin cancer, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Last year, a possible link between sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, and skin cancer was suggested. However, further study was needed.

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Study: chances are, ED drugs don’t cause melanoma. (Click to tweet)

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To learn more, a group of scientists from Sweden, the United States, and the United Kingdom looked at the medical records of over 20,000 men in Sweden. They paid close attention to the number of ED drug prescriptions men filled, how many men developed melanoma, and the stages of disease. They also compared results for basal cell carcinoma, another type of skin cancer that develops differently from melanoma.

They compared two groups of men. The first group (4065 men) had melanoma. The second group (20,325 men) did not.

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