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More Research Needed on Sildenafil/Skin Cancer Risk

More Research Needed on Sildenafil/Skin Cancer RiskMore research may shed light about a possible link between melanoma (a form of skin cancer) and sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra.

Researchers from the United States and China reported their findings on this connection last year in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Viagra is commonly prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).


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The scientists studied ten years of data (2000 – 2010) from over 25,000 men between the ages of 40 and 75. The participants’ average age was 65.

Just over 6% of the men had used sildenafil at least once. The data showed that these men had a higher risk for melanoma than those who did not take sildenafil.


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