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Nat Rev Cancer. 2009 Jul;9(7):517-26. doi: 10.1038/nrc2665.

Wildlife cancer: a conservation perspective.

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  • 1Pathology and Disease Investigation, Global Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York, New York 10460, USA. dmcaloose@wcs.org

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  • Nat Rev Cancer. 2009 Aug;9(8):605.


Until recently, cancer in wildlife was not considered to be a conservation concern. However, with the identification of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease, sea turtle fibropapillomatosis and sea lion genital carcinoma, it has become apparent that neoplasia can be highly prevalent and have considerable effects on some species. It is also clear that anthropogenic activities contribute to the development of neoplasia in wildlife species, such as beluga whales and bottom-dwelling fish, making them sensitive sentinels of disturbed environments.

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