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VIAGRA AND MELANOMA???….WAIT A MINUTE

viagraA recent observational report is suggesting a potential connection between the use of Viagra and the risk of melanoma.   The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims a plausible connection, based on the biology of melanoma and the mechanism of action of Viagra.

Whether this connection in fact exists is unclear at this point, and this study is suggests further investigation is needed.  That said, it is important to understand that this potential connection is no greater than childhood sun exposure & melanoma development, so it is not an extreme risk, just a statistical one.   In addition, association does not prove causation, and this study just notes an association at this point, but with the headline as I’ve written it, it would not surprise me to hear that there are exaggerated claims in the name of ‘getting headlines’ that capture attention.

For now, we reserve judgement and I don’t advise avoiding Viagra if it is an effective medication for ED.

Read more >>>>>HERE.

MELANOMA SCREENING DEVICE IS DIVISIVE

Chemodanchik_002_p(0).jpgMelanoma is the skin cancer that is most concerning, as it has the most potential for serious complications and a difficult course.  Although the vast majority of melanomas are found and cured readily, melanoma has a risk that is far greater that other skin cancers like basal cell and squamous cell.

To assist physicians & patients in recognizing pigmented skin lesions that are likely to be early melanomas or to develop into future melanomas, there are simple, beginning guidelines recommended.  This is the ABCD approach to melanoma detection.  These stand for:

A —Asymmetry

B—- Border

C-— Color

D— Diameter (size)

A nice summary of this information and the particulars are here:

MELANOMA DETECTION

To assist physicians and dermatologists in improving melanoma detection, the MELA-FIND device has recently been approved.  Using computer imaging, special wavelengths of light ,and expert algorithms to analyze skin lesion data, the MELA-FIND is supposed to help identify concerning skin lesions as well as, if not better than, an expert dermatologist.   Proven effective, but of uncertain accuracy and perfection, the MELA-FIND device will be appearing in The Valley in the near future.  Whether this device is worthwhile using and whether you should have an evaluation based on this device, is a complicated question, as this NY Times article indicates.

I’m uncertain as to the benefits of this evaluation and am awaiting further data before recommending patients consider such an evaluation, but I’ll keep you updated on additional information as it becomes available.