Viagra seems to find a way of being involved in medical advances. Having originally been used as a trial drug to target high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, it is now renowned for its rather different effect. And now a recent preliminary study has demonstrated the drug’s involvement in the genetic pathway implicated in the disease process of skin cancer. Researchers found that men who took Viagra were 84% more likely to develop melanoma than those who didn’t.

In terms of risk this seems to only pertain to a specific group of people. Nevertheless, the main point this research raises is increased awareness of skin cancer and how to prevent against it. Experts are calling for those who take the drug to be aware of the risks and engage with their primary care physician. The key risk factors have been known for years – avoid regular sun exposure, sun burn and tanning salons. Remaining pro-active in checking your own moles is paramount in order to detect changes and get the right help early.

So until further details are understood about the specific genetic pathways that are implicated in the developement of skin cancer – make sure to continue protecting yourself!