Have you ever come across the concept of the animals developing a sort of cancer? Yes! You heard it right. The animal community is not an exception to the deadliest trap of the tumours. It is we who are responsible for causing diseases in animals. Shocked? Let us reveal how. The researchers claim that the cancer is spreading to the animal community due to the significant amount of the environmental changes that are caused by the human interference. To list a few of the ecological changes are the marine pollutions, harmful radiations emerging from the power plants and the pesticides used in the farms. The Arizona State University researchers claim these environmental changes to be the sole contributor of the tumours in the animals. In addition, the light pollution and the feeding of the animals on the human food in the rubbish drive cancer to develop in animals.
Earlier, the researchers have highlighted the facts that all the animal species are prone to cancers. We have previously witnessed cancer striking the Tasmanian devils in the form of the facial tumours. Additionally, the diseases may even affect the dogs and the clams.
Tuul Sepp says, “We know that some viruses can cause cancer in humans by changing the environment that they live in – in their case, human cells – to make it more suitable for themselves. Basically, we are doing the same thing. We are changing the environment to be more suitable for ourselves, while these changes are having a negative impact on many species on many different levels, including the probability of developing cancer.” Tuul Sepp is the researcher from the Arizona State University.
The current research makes its way in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. The researchers further plan for a comparative analysis of the cancer rate in the animals living in the inhabited areas with the frequency of the cancer prevalence amongst those animals living in the protected areas.
It is predicted that the impact of the human interference on the wild environment will further strengthen the cancer prevalence amongst the wild population. It may finally terminate in disturbing the ecosystem functioning.