Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) use is associated with increased risk of Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology has shown that taking hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) is associated with an increased risk of basal cell carcinoma and an even higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma. The risk was dose dependent (the higher the cumulative dose, the higher the risk).

An increased risk was not seen with other anti-hypertensive agents or diuretics.

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Consuming alcohol increases risk of Skin Cancer: maybe

A recent study has shown a positive association of increased alcohol consumption with the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. The study was small, so larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results.

Here is yet another possible reason to limit or eliminate alcohol consumption. Red wine has some other health benefits that, according to some, might outweigh the negative effects when taken in moderation–no more than one glass per day, but even that is somewhat controversial.

Dermatologists Perform Nearly Risk-Free Cosmetic Procedures

According to a study published in JAMA Dermatology on Nov 5, “minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are nearly risk-free.” Such procedures included fillers, neurotoxins, and the use of laser and energy devices–performed by 23 dermatologists at eight centers across the US.

It has been well-studied that Dermatologists have an outstanding safety record with minimally-invasive and non-invasive procedures. This recent study is yet another supporting the safety claims made by Dermatologists and Dermatologic Surgeons.

Viagra linked to increased melanoma risk

According to an article published online April 7, 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine, the use of sildenafil (Viagra, Pfizer) is associated with an increased risk of developing invasive malignant melanoma. Other medications used to treat erectile dysfunction, including Cialis and Levitra, were not studied as they were not approved at the time that this study was initiated.

Although further studies are needed, one with a history or malignant melanoma or a family history of melanoma should seriously consider avoiding the use of PDG5A inhibitors (Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra). It is recommended that one discuss this with their Primary Care Physician or Dermatologist.