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Viagra and Melanoma

Mass Tort Attorneys Assist with Case Alleging Viagra Caused Melanoma

Dedicated representation for Viagra users who developed skin cancer

A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2014 reported that men who use the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra (sildenafil) may increase their likelihood of developing malignant melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, by as much as 84 percent. The study followed more than 25,000 men over a period of 10 years, 1,600 of whom had taken Viagra. Although a direct causal link has not yet been established, this study showed that Viagra mimics key parts of a cell-signaling process that enables melanoma cells to metastasize, or spread to other parts of the body, making the disease hard to control and often resulting in death. At Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban, we are committed to pursuing litigation involving Viagra and other ED drugs with the seriousness it warrants. If you are a Viagra user who has contracted melanoma, trust our firm to fight for the compensation you deserve.

The theory behind Viagra causing melanoma

Although the link between Viagra and melanoma requires more study, a theory of causation has developed. This theory focuses on the way the active ingredients in Viagra suppress a naturally occurring enzyme, PDE5A, to help a user achieve an erection. This suppression of PDE5A mimics the work of the BRAF gene, which sends chemical signals from outside a cell to its nucleus, prompting cell growth and division. When BRAF genes mutate, they can cause normal cells to become malignant. When Viagra activates BRAF genes to lower PDE5A levels, the invasiveness of melanoma cells may increase, resulting in a spread of cancer.


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Dangers and warning signs of melanoma

Melanoma is the most invasive and deadly form of skin cancer. Medical estimates suggest that 76,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year, and almost 10,000 will die from it. More than half of these victims will be men. But the good news is that when melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable. Health officials rely on two strategies to spot melanoma early:

  • The ABCDEs — To know whether a mole, brown spot or growth on the skin is harmless or potentially malignant, doctors recommend following this alphabetical guide to check for these five characteristics: asymmetrical shape, borders that are uneven with rough edges, colors of more than one shade, diameter larger than a pencil eraser, and evolution in size, shape, color or elevation.
  • The Ugly Duckling — If you have a pattern of moles with one outlier that differs in size or color and changes over time, that outlier needs to be checked.

Regular screenings by a dermatologist are vitally important especially as we get older. We hope that you take all necessary precautions to safeguard your health, and remember that if you need legal services, our mass tort lawyers are ready to help.

Assisting victims of Viagra and Cialis who developed melanoma

Viagra is not the only erectile dysfunction drug under scrutiny for its link to melanoma. Indications are that claims against the manufacturer of Cialis may also be viable. If you took either Viagra or Cialis by prescription from a doctor and you developed melanoma, our law firm is prepared to help.

Trust our mass tort lawyers if you suspect Viagra use caused your melanoma

If you used Viagra or Cialis and developed melanoma, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban is prepared to fight for your full compensation. Call us today at (877) 428-1122 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. For your convenience, we have offices throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia & Florida.
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