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Fish Getting Skin Cancer From UV Radiation, Scientists Say via The LA Times

f you’re still skeptical that a tan can be dangerous, consider this: Scientists have found that wild fish are getting skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation.

Approximately 15% of coral trout in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef had cancerous lesions on their scales. In that regard, they resemble Australians who live on land – 2 in 3 people who live down under will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70, the highest rate in the world. It’s probably no coincidence that Australia is under the Earth’s biggest hole in the ozone layer.

Researchers hadn’t set out to look for signs of cancer in fish.

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