Melanoma develops in the skin cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives color to your skin. It is the most serious type of skin cancer. The cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage occurs to the skin cells that lead to rapid multiplication and the formation of malignant tumors.
Today, May 5, is not only Cinco de Mayo but also Melanoma Monday, a day to raise awareness of the deadly effects of skin cancer.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, affecting nearly one out of every 20 Americans in their lifetime. Freckles, moles and brown spots can be harmless, but they can also be warning signs of possible melanoma. Consider the ABCDE method for possible signs of melanoma:
A new study links Viagra to an increased risk of the deadly skin cancer melanoma in men who use the erectile dysfunction medication. The study of nearly 26,000 men with an average age of 65 showed that Viagra users were 84 percent more likely – almost twice as likely -- to develop melanoma. The increased melanoma rate among Viagra users occurred even when the findings were adjusted to take into account variables such as family history of skin cancer and exposure to the sun. Each year, almost 10,000 people die of melanomoa, with two-thirds of them men.