Study: Eating fish increases the risk of skin cancer

Don’t expect fish and skin cancer to be at the same address – but they were last week. Researchers in the United States have reported a higher risk of melanoma, a common type of fatal skin cancer, in people who eat a relatively large amount of fish.

The researchers speculated that their findings may be due to the levels of pollutants in some types of fish – particularly fatty fish. These contaminants include polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) – synthetic chemical pollutants used as equipment refrigerants, lubricants, and as paint additives. PCBs are commonly found in the environment and can cause cancer in humans.

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