Most of us know that we should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun without taking the right precautions. So we wear hats, lather up with sun screen, and protect ourselves against burns. And for many people they turn out just fine. Those precautions prevent skin cancer. However, there are some drugs that people take that increase their risk of developing melanoma, and the drug companies never warned about those risks.
The Little Blue Pill
In 1998 Pfizer revolutionized the prescription medication world by coming out with the first long lasting ED drug. Viagra went on to help millions of men in the bedroom. However, it was not all sunshine and roses; the drug was known to come with some serious side effects. Almost immediately men complained of heart problems. Then there were the reports that Viagra caused some men to go suddenly blind. But there was still a deeper issue that only recently has come to light.
It turns out that taking Viagra increases a mans chance of developing melanoma. A study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) earlier this year showed that men taking Viagra are at an 84% increased risk of developing this deadly form of skin cancer. Those who took the drug in the past, but have discontinued its use are twice as likely to develop melanoma.
These risks were never fully disclosed by Pfizer before they started marketing their pills.
Viagra and Melanoma
It turns out that the same chemical reaction that encourages blood flow in men, also affects the way that melanoma cells grow. The result is that they grow and expand much more rapidly than those who dont take the drug.
It is terrible that men may develop cancer by taking a drug that they thought would just help them out in the bedroom. The silver lining, however, is that melanoma is one of the most treatable forms of cancer around. Just 7.5% of those diagnosed with this type of cancer die from it (as opposed to 80%+ for other forms of cancer). The key is early detection.
What to Do if You Took Viagra and Developed Melanoma
If you took Viagra, and you have been diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, you may be able to file a lawsuit against Pfizer and collect compensation to help cover your medical bills. To determine if you have a case, contact a dangerous drug attorney and schedule your free consultation.
There is no need to suffer at the hands of a pharmaceutical giant: you can fight back.