The Link Between Viagra And Melanoma

Understanding the Link Between Viagra and MelanomaIf you’ve taken Viagra and were later diagnosed with melanoma, you may want to contact a personal injury lawyer who handles cases involving the adverse effects of prescription drugs.

According to a Harvard Medical School study that was published in April of 2014, men who have taken Viagra are 84% more likely to develop melanoma than men who haven’t taken the drug.

Melanoma is a serious, potentially fatal form of skin cancer. It begins in the cells responsible for skin color and then often spreads. While the cancer can be successfully treated if caught early, melanoma is often not caught until it has spread. For this reason, melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers.

Some experts estimate that upwards of almost 10,000 people will die of melanoma this year in the United States. Melanoma constitutes just 2% of skin cancer cases. However a whopping 79% of all skin cancer deaths come from that 2% total.

Of the seven most common forms of cancer in the U.S., melanoma is the only one whose incidence rate is increasing. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of new cases of melanoma reported each year climbed 1.9%.

There are now roughly 76,000 cases of melanoma reported each year.

The majority of men who are diagnosed with melanoma are white men over the age of 50 – the same men who are the most common users of erectile dysfunction drugs, including Viagra.

If you have taken Viagra and were diagnosed with melanoma, you may be entitled to compensation for your illness. If you would like to discuss your options, contact the law offices of Ed Bernstein at 1-888-235-3090.

About the Author:

Ed Bernstein
Edward M. Bernstein, Esq. is one of the most recognizable figures in Nevada and one of the state’s premier personal injury attorneys. He has also served as an alternate judge for the City of Las Vegas Municipal Court and as an alternate judge for the City of North Las Vegas. In the year 2000, he was Nevada’s Democratic nominee for the United States Senate.

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