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    Viagra Frisky Might Be Melanoma Risky

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    By Dr. Mercola

    More than 35 million men around the world have been prescribed Viagra (sildenafil citrate),1 Pfizer’s blockbuster drug used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). With sales of more than $2 billion in 2012,2 it seemed this drug, with its promises of instant virility and sexual prowess, was unstoppable.
    Viagra holds 49 percent of the market for sexual dysfunction treatments, which, at an average cost of $22 a pill,3 is a major income stream for Pfizer – but there are signs of trouble.
    For starters, sales of ED drugs have seen slow growth (just 1 percent annually) and even declines in sales of up to 7 percent in recent years. It’s also been widely observed that up to half of men who receive a first prescription for Viagra do not get it refilled.4
    One theory for why not? Many men may realize that Viagra is not the miracle pill they thought it would be. It may trigger an erection, allowing for intercourse, but it will not fix relationships or build emotional connections…
    The other prevailing theory? Men may get fed up with the side effects, which are high in numbers and often severe… and more potential complications are being uncovered by the day.

    Viagra Use May Double Your Risk of Melanoma

    Men who have ever used Viagra have nearly twice the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, than men who have never used the drug, according to new research published in JAMA Internal Medicine.5 Those who had used the drug recently had an 84 percent greater melanoma risk.
    While the study can’t prove that Viagra causes melanoma, it did rule out a potential erectile dysfunction connection – no link was found between ED and melanoma risk. Furthermore, the researchers explained a potential reason mechanism by which Viagra might increase cancer risk.
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