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No Link Between Viagra And Melanoma

Remember the concern that Viagra could increase the risk for melanoma? Forget it. It’s true that a new study by researchers at NYU’s Langone Medical Center analyzed data from five large-scale studies of erectile medication users and melanoma and found an overall increase in melanoma risk among men who used PDE5 inhibitors, but the researchers also found something else: The increased risk was found among men who had a small amount of exposure to these medications, while men who took larger amounts of erectile dysfunction medications had no significant increase in melanoma risk. What’s up with that, so to speak? An NYU news release reports that the study authors attribute the risk to “detection bias,” where the group of patients likely to take erection medicines also happens to be more health conscious, more likely to see a doctor, and so more likely to get diagnosed with melanoma than other men of similar age. “Overall, Viagra and other PDE5 inhibitors are safe medications as long as men are not taking nitrates, which carry a risk of reducing blood pressure,” says researcher and urologist Stacy Loeb. “Physicians and patients should not be concerned about taking these medications on account of worry about melanoma.”

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