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Gulf Oil Spill May Bring Skin, Breathing, Cancer Concerns

Residents of the U.S. Gulf Coast and crews cleaning up the BP Plc oil spill that dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the water may suffer long-term health problems, including breathing difficulties, skin ailments, mental health effects and cancer, researchers said.

Doctors should watch for symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, respiratory trouble and chest pain, said investigators from the University of California, San Francisco, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Physicians should ask where their patients live and work to determine their potential health risk from the disaster, the researchers said.