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    Viagra Melanoma Cancer News: Viagra Use Tied to 84 Percent Increase in Developing Melanoma

    According to data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS), the erectile dysfunction medication, Viagra, is linked with a higher instance of developing melanoma skin cancer in men. The study found that men who used Viagra were about 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma than men who did not use any erectile dysfunction medication. Even men who used Viagra for short term, even as little as one time, were twice as likely to develop melanoma.

    According to the study researchers, Sildenafil (the clinical name for Viagra) promotes the spread of melanoma by affecting the cell pathways that allow melanoma to spread to other parts of the body. The chemical encourages the spread of melanoma cells, which are difficult to control once they start to spread. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer because it is extremely difficult to stop once it starts to spread to other areas of the body.

    Melanoma is associated with a high level of exposure to UV rays. Common victims of this dangerous cancer are individuals who frequent indoor tanning beds and individuals who spend a large amount of time outdoors in direct sunlight. Melanoma is considered a curable form of cancer when detected early, but it still contributes to around 10,000 deaths in the United States each year. According to studies, the rate of melanoma was about 5.6 percent between 1975 and 1986, but fell to about 2.4 percent between 1992 and 2010.

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