Viagra Users Nearly Twice As Likely To Have Deadly Skin Cancer, Study Finds

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New research is exposing a seemingly unlikely link between Viagra, used by millions to combat erectile dysfunction, and melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

A preliminary study of nearly 26,000 men found that those who had used Viagra, generically known as sildenafil, were 84 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who hadn't taken the drug.

Researchers did not find an increase in the more common and less dangerous skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, among Viagra users.

The findings, which were published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday, stressed that the "study is insufficient to alter clinical recommendations," but said that the results pointed to a "need for continued investigation of this association."

More than 9,000 people die of melanoma in the United States annually according to the CDC, and most of these — more than 6,000 — are men.

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