Viagra & Melanoma Lawsuits in South Carolina

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows a possible link between the use of Viagra (sildenafil citrate) and an increased risk of developing melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can be deadly if not caught and treated in its earliest stages.

The study found that men who used Viagra for erectile dysfunction were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma. The study covered a 10-year period from 2000 to 2010.

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In an article published on April 8, 2014, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) said that the study was well-run and its findings have a plausible biological explanation. The article also noted that the researchers included a control group of men who had erectile dysfunction but did not take Viagra. Men in that group did not show an increased incidence of melanoma. The study also controlled for underlying diseases, and found that chronic diseases did not affect the melanoma rate among Viagra users.

As stated in the ACSH article, among the nearly 26,000 men who participated in the study, the ones who had taken Viagra had twice the incidence of melanoma as those who had not taken the drug.

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with melanoma after using Viagra, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced South Carolina drug injury lawyer. You may have a right to compensation if you developed melanoma due to Viagra use.

At Joye Law Firm, we believe that manufactures of dangerous drugs should be held accountable when a product is found to have caused complications. Just Call Joye Law Firm now or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation and confidential consultation.

A Connection Between Viagra and Melanoma?

Melanoma can be much more serious than other types of skin cancer, as it aggressively metastasizes (multiplies and spreads) to other parts of the body.

When caught in the early stages, melanoma may be treated and cured with surgery. However, the prognosis can be much more dire with Stage III melanoma, when cancer cells have spread to nearby lymph nodes, or with Stage IV, when cancer cells have spread to distant lymph nodes and organs, such as the lungs, liver and brain.

The JAMA study concluded that “Sildenafil [Viagra] use may be associated with an increased risk of developing melanoma.” Labeling for the drug does not contain any warnings about the potential for an increased risk of developing melanoma.

Legal Help for Men Who Have Suffered Melanoma after Using Viagra

If you have developed melanoma after using Viagra, you may be entitled to compensation. Our law firm would like to speak with you. We may be able to help.

At Joye Law Firm, we are dedicated to our clients and our community. If you’ve been seriously injured by a dangerous prescription drug, you can trust our South Carolina drug injury attorneys to treat you with respect and work to get you the compensation you deserve.

Just Call Joye Law Firm now or fill out a free online consultation form and talk to our South Carolina injury lawyers today. There is no charge for the claim review and confidential consultation, and it comes with no obligations.

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