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Sildenafil and Skin Cancer Risk

Jun 24, 2014

The results of this study do not mean sildenafil causes skin cancer. Nor do they mean that there is a link between erectile dysfunction and skin cancer.  Instead, they give more information about these two groups of men and provide a jumping-off point for future research.

Before any health recommendations can be made, scientists will need to conduct more research to see if they get similar results.  They may also decide to research other erectile dysfunction drugs and their relationship to melanoma.  (Drugs like

tadalafil (Cialis) and vardenafil (Levitra) were not included in this study, as they had not yet been approved when the research began.)

Men are encouraged to talk to their doctors with any concerns they have about erectile dysfunction or melanoma.

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American Cancer Society

“What are the risk factors for melanoma skin cancer?”

(Last revised: October 29, 2013)

Harvard Health Blog

Pendick, Daniel

“Erectile dysfunction drugs and skin cancer — should you worry?”

(June 5, 2014)

JAMA Internal Medicine

Li, Wen-Qing, PhD, et al.

“Sildenafil Use and Increased Risk of Incident Melanoma in US Men - A Prospective Cohort Study:

(Full-text. Published online: April 7, 2014)

Mayo Clinic

“Melanoma – Risk Factors”

(April 15, 2014)

“Absolute Risk and Relative Risk”

(Last reviewed: November 18, 2011)

National Cancer Institute

“General Information About Melanoma”

(Last modified: April 17, 2014)

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