Viagra and Melanoma Skin Cancer
Recent studies have discovered a possible link between Viagra use and melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. If you have experienced skin cancer, melanoma, or other symptoms while using Viagra, you may be entitled to compensation.
What is Melanoma?
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation:
“The most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors. [. . .] Melanomas often resemble moles; some develop from moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. [. . .] Melanoma kills an estimated 9,710 people in the US annually.
While it [melanoma] is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths. The American Cancer Society estimates that at present, more than 120,000 new cases of melanoma in the US are diagnosed in a year. In 2014, an estimated 76,100 of these will be invasive melanomas, with about 43,890 in males and 32,210 in women.”
Melanoma Symptoms and Signs
According to the American Cancer Society, common signs of melanoma include:
- one half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other;
- mole edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred;
- mole color is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue;
- the mole is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ¼ inch – the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this; and
- the mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
Other warning signs include:
- a sore that does not heal;
- spread of pigment from the border of a mole to surrounding skin;
- redness or a new swelling beyond the mole border;
- change in sensation – itchiness, tenderness, or pain; and
- change in the surface of a mole – scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a bump or nodule.
Viagra Side Effects (Melanoma & Skin Cancer) Lawsuits
If you or a loved one has developed melanoma after taking the drug Viagra, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the Viagra lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP for a free case evaluation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out our free contact form on the right of this page.