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Viagra may be linked to increased melanoma risk

According to an article published online April 7, 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, the use of sildenafil (Viagra, Pfizer) is associated with an increased risk of developing invasive malignant melanoma. Other medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, including Cialis and Levitra, were not studied as they were not approved at the time that this study was initiated.

Although further studies are needed, one with a history or malignant melanoma or a family history of melanoma should seriously consider avoiding the use of PDG5A inhibitors (Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra). It is recommended that one discuss this with their Primary Care Physician or Dermatologist.

About the Author
Is an Ivy-League trained physician and surgeon who is a board-certified Dermatologist & Mohs' Surgeon. Aside from having training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology, Dr. Bader completed a fully accredited fellowship in Cosmetic Surgery under the auspices of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He moved to South Florida in June 1999. Shortly thereafter, he formed R.S.B. Dermatology in Deerfield Beach, FL.