HARD Science: Viagra Could Help Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Viagra Pills

You know that blue pill that your grandfather takes every now and then? No, not that pill, the OTHER blue pill.

Turns out, not only does it make it HARD for your grandpa to turn down his nightly sessions, it may also help him avoid colorectal cancer altogether.

In a report by Science Alert, Viagra has been found by researchers to reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer in mice, when given small daily doses of the medication.

As said by Darren D. Browning, “Giving a baby dose of Viagra can reduce the amount of tumours in these animals by half.”

However, it should be noted that these findings are done on lab mice and not human test subjects as of the moment – but that’s something that these genius scientists are working on to do next.

Reports said that researchers want to “pursue” a clinical trial with people who are at risk of developing this malady, which are those with history of the disease in their family. And once the research commence, this can be considered as a monumental leap towards saving people from this deadly disease.

How Cancers are Formed

But if we have to ask? How do these cancers form? According to medical experts, cancers are the results of polyps – which are abnormal clumps of cells that form in the intestinal lining. Polyps themselves may not be bad; however, these clumps of cells have a tendency to become malignant tumours.

Our digestive system, which includes our stomach, undergoes a huge amount of cell turnover that makes polyp formation very common. And obviously, the more new cells forming, the more chance these cells go haywire and decide to become cancer.

Fortunately, it seems that Viagra, when taken, promotes the production of a chemical called “cyclic GMP” that suppresses excessive cell formation.

Cure for Cancer?

But before you give a butt load of Viagra pills to someone with colorectal cancer, please take note that already existing polyps are unaffected by the drug. Therefore, Viagra can’t be used to “cure” already cancerous cells.

So there you have it, the next time you see a guy popping these, he might not be gearing up for a nocturnal battle, but he might be doing it for health reasons.

Roemart Tamayo

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