Viagra (sildenafil citrate) is a drug developed by Pfizer Inc. and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1998 to treat erectile dysfunction.

146479225118477 (2)Demand for the drug has steadily risen since it was introduced to the market with recent sales reports indicating a yearly revenue of up to $1.8 billion. However, in 2014 a medical study discovered that Viagra use may be linked to an increased risk of melanoma skin cancer in men taking the drug.

The initial signs of melanoma development include:

  • A change in an existing mole.
  • The development of a new pigmented or unusual-looking growth on your skin.

Is Melanoma Skin Cancer A Side-Effect Of Viagra In Men?

Since being brought to the market in 1998, over 45 million men have used Viagra to treat their erectile dysfunction.

However, until 2014, there was no documentation or warnings regarding Viagra use and increased risks of developing melanoma skin cancer.

A study in 2014 published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine covered over 25,000 Viagra users and found that “Sildenafil use may be associated with an increased risk of developing melanoma.”

While the study reported that their findings were insufficient enough to change FDA recommendations, it expressed hope that its findings would lead to additional studies to confirm this deadly connection.

If these findings are confirmed by follow-up studies, it will offer troubling news to the millions of men who have taken Viagra and unknowingly increased their risk of developing melanoma.

Along with the aforementioned initial signs of melanoma, the existence of the following skin spot features can also indicate melanoma development:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border irregularity
  • Color changes
  • Diameter greater than 1/4 inch (about 6 millimeters)
  • Evolving

Is Viagra Melanoma Skin Cancer Dangerous?

The danger posed by Viagra caused melanoma in men varies depending on the stage in which the cancer was initially discovered.

The Journal of the American Medical Association editor and Northwestern University Dermatologist Dr. June Robinson offered the following statistics regarding the lethality of melanoma in the most common stages of when discovered:

 Melanoma Stage 5-Year Survival Rate
 Stage 099%
Stage II B57%
Stage IV15 – 20%

 

These statistics raise alarms when investigating the connection between Viagra and melanoma, as there are only treatments for melanoma, no cures.

With the FDA not yet issuing safety communications warning consumers about Viagra melanoma risks, millions of consumers who may be at risk are not taking proactive steps to ensure early detection if melanoma is in initial stages of development.

Once discovered, treatments for melanoma carry various severe health complications. While the complications differ depending on the specific patient, they can include:

  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • Lymphedema
  • Infection
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation

Not only is melanoma dangerous medically, but it also carries financial dangers for its victims.

Typical melanoma cancer treatment teams are comprised of four different type of doctors. Maintaining an extensive medical team and missing work for treatments can create major financial dangers for those already suffering from the physical effects of melanoma.

With the dangers of Viagra caused melanoma being all-encompassing, those who believe they may be suffering from initial stages of melanoma due to taking Viagra should immediately contact a medical professional to begin the treatment process.

What Is Viagra’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration Recall Status?

While lawsuits have been filed against Pfizer Inc. alleging a failure to adequately test and warn consumers of the dangers of Viagra caused melanoma, the FDA has yet to issue any statements regarding the possible connection.

However, they have issued a warning letter to Pfizer concerning their failure to disclose all health risks associated with taking Viagra.

A recall does not seem likely in the immediate future, but lawsuits against Pfizer Inc. will persist with the goal to recover damages incurred due to the development of Viagra related melanoma.

Our Viagra Melanoma Skin Cancer Lawyers Can Help

Our dangerous drug attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was diagnosed with melanoma as a result of ingesting Viagra. Lawsuits have been filed against the drug manufacturer by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused. You may be entitled to a settlement.

We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.

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Start Your Viagra Melanoma Skin Cancer Claim

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