Erectile dysfunction drugs do not increase the risk for melanoma

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According to a detailed report published online ahead of print in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers have found that erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis, do not cause melanoma.

For the study, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York analyzed the medical records of more than 20,000 mostly white men. Of those, 4,065 developed malignant melanoma between 2006 and 2012 and 2,148 had used sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra), and tadalafil (Cialis). Among those men who use medications for erectile dysfunction, 435 had developed malignant melanoma.

Results showed that these medications, known as phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, do not cause melanoma. The researchers found that the increased risk for melanoma came from socioeconomic and lifestyle factors.

Men who are more likely to pay for medications to treat erectile dysfunction are potentially more likely to afford vacations that involve spending time in the sun.

The findings suggest that clinicians do not need to add use of erectile dysfunction drugs to their list of criteria screening when screening men for melanoma risk.

Erectile dysfunction drugs do not increase the risk for melanoma
Erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra and Cialis, do not cause melanoma.
A rigorous analysis of more than 20,000 medical records concludes that erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra, are not a cause of melanoma, an often deadly form of skin cancer, despite the higher risk for the disease among users of these drugs.
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