Yes, the first evidence of skin problems from radioactive pollution came from uranium mine workers who developed burns on their skin. More horrifically, we saw the effects of the nuclear bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where people received 3rd degree burns over the entirety of their body from the high doses of radiation.
To develop skin problems from radioactive pollution, one must be exposed to a fairly high dose of radiation in a short period of time.
Absolutely! In addition to causing skin problems, long-term exposure to radiation can cause cancer, birth defects, and other problems. One of the most atrocious examples of people being exposed to radiation against their will happened in Native American communities. In addition to sickening the whole population, the Native Americans found that the animals nearby were sickened as well. If you are interested in reading more, this first link gives a thorough description of the health effects of nuclear radiation while the second link addresses the plight of the Native Americans.
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