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Eating citrus fruits may increase risk of melanoma

People who eat citrus fruits are more likely to develop melanoma, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings are based on a observational study conducted by researchers with the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, and the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Researchers used data from about 63,000 women and 41,000 men between the mid-1980s and 2010, and found that those who consumed citrus between two to four times a week had a 10 percent increased risk of developing melanoma. The reason ... Read More

Erectile dysfunction drugs may treat some cancers, increase risk for others

Erectile dysfunction drugs, such as the widely prescribed Viagra, are being studied as possible treatments for throat and neck cancers despite research that has linked the erectile dysfunction drug to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Researchers and physicians at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center say that the erectile dysfunction drug Cialis could provide tumor-fighting benefits for throat and neck cancers based on data from a small, controlled study. The study involved 35 patients at the hospital who were treated with moderate doses of Cialis. They found that the men who were ... Read More

New cancer drug improves survival odds in patients with advanced melanoma

Merck & Co.’s cancer drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) was more successful at improving survival odds of patients with melanoma than the Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s Yervoy (lpilimumab) in a clinical trial that pitted the two drugs against each other. Keytruda and Yervoy are immunotherapies that work differently to toughen the body’s immune system to destroy cancerous tumors. Yervoy has emerged as the first-line treatment for advanced melanoma since its approval in 2011. Keytruda was approved in 2014 to treat melanoma in patients whose disease progressed after treatment with Yervoy. Yervoy was the first medication approved for advanced melanoma that studies showed could ... Read More

Science explains link between Viagra use and melanoma

The erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, known generically as sildenafil, works by relaxing smooth muscle through the increase of blood flow. While this helps men perform in the bedroom, it can also accelerate the growth of deadly skin cancer by increasing blood flow to the cancerous cells, giving the cancer an advantage by feeding it. This may explain why a large, long-term study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that men who use Viagra had an 84 percent greater risk of developing melanoma. The risk remained in men who had taken the drug but discontinued use. Melanoma is the most deadly ... Read More

Erectile dysfunction drugs linked to eye problems, vision loss

A new Warning and Precaution has been added to the safety labels of several drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction alerting consumers that the medication may have adverse effects on the eyes and could potentially lead to vision loss in one or both eyes, which may be permanent, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. Patients treated with Adcirca (tadalafil) 20 mg tablets, Cialis (tadalfil), Levitra (vardenafil HCl) tablets, Staxyn (vardenafil hydrochloride) orally designating tablets, and Stendra (avanafil) are advised to seek immediate medical attention in the event of sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes. This could ... Read More