A small, daily dose of Viagra may reduce colorectal cancer risk
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IMAGE: Pictured are MD/PhD student and a study coauthor Bianca N. Islam with Dr. Darren D. Browning. view more 

Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University

AUGUSTA, Ga. (March 19 , 2018) – A small, daily dose of Viagra significantly reduces colorectal cancer risk in an animal model that is genetically predetermined to have the third leading cause of cancer death, scientists report.

Viagra cut in half the formation of polyps, an abnormal and often asymptomatic clump of cells on the lining of the intestines that may become cancer, says Dr. Darren D. Browning, cancer researcher at the Georgia Cancer Center and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Next steps should include a clinical trial for the drug in patients considered at high risk of colorectal cancer, such as those with a strong family history, multiple previous polyps and chronic intestinal inflammation like colitis, Browning says.

Viagra has been used safely for years in a wide range of doses and age groups, from premature infants with pulmonary hypertension to the elderly with erectile dysfunction, he notes.

When placed in the drinking water, Browning’s team found that Viagra reduced polyps in

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