Studies are now showing a link between ED treatments and Melanoma.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Melanoma after taking prescription Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra, you may be entitled to compensation.
Nearly 45 million men have been prescribed Viagra (generic name, Sildenafil) for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) since Pfizer, Inc. introduced it in 1998. Since then, new drugs like Cialis (generic name, Tadalafil) and Levitra (generic name, Vardenafil) have entered the multi-million dollar market for ED “wonder” drugs.
Cases of Melanoma are growing rapidly each year. According to the American Cancer Society, one person dies of Melanoma each hour. The National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health projects over 76,000 new Melanoma cases and 9,700 deaths from Melanoma in the United States for 2014 alone.
New studies by the Internal Medicine Journal of the American Medical Association are showing signs that these drugs may in fact be linked to Melanoma, or skin cancer, which can quickly spread to other parts of the body if treatment is delayed. Scientists are just now beginning to shed light on the harmful and potentially lethal effects of these drugs.
The study was led by Dr. Wen-Qing Li of the Department of Dermatology at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Li and his team studied 26,000 men of an average age of 64 over the course of 10 years. In that time, 142 cases of malignant Melanoma were reported and confirmed, with over half of the cases occurring in men who took Viagra. Men who had ED but did not take Viagra did not show an increased risk of Melanoma. Men who used the drug recently, however, were shown to be 84% more likely to develop malignant Melanoma than men who were never exposed to the drug. This is a dramatically increased risk that we cannot ignore.
If you have taken any other ED medications, you may still be at risk.
This kind of research has yet to be done for Viagra’s newest competitors, Cialis and Levitra. Many scientists, including Northwestern University dermatologist June Robinson, M.D., are beginning to think that these ED drugs may have similar effects. Robinson says that this family of drugs, called PDE5 inhibitors, affects the same cell pathways that are at work when Melanoma metastasizes, or spreads.
We are now investigating claims of men who have at any time used these ED drugs and have been diagnosed with Melanoma. Please contact us if you or someone you know has been wrongfully harmed by these dangerous treatments. We may be able to help you receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and other damages. Our experienced, professional team of attorneys wants to bring justice to you and your family. Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your legal options.
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