September 5, 2014

More Flight Time = Higher Risk

1 Flight Crews Have Higher Risk of Melanoma

Pilots are 2.22 times more likely than those in the general population to be diagnosed with melanoma says a new study in JAMA Dermatology. Flight crews have a 2.09 higher risk to develop the sixth most common cancer in the U.S. For the study, researchers at UC San Francisco examined data on 266,431 participants in 19 previously published studies and found that for pilots and flight crews, the risk of developing melanoma was more than twice the risk of those who work on the ground. In addition, pilots faced an 83% greater risk of dying from the cancer than those in the general population. Researchers say exposure to cosmic radiation and UVB radiation are not factors but exposure to UVA, which can penetrate glass, is. Plus, the higher a plane flies, the stronger the UVA radiation becomes.

More at Latimes.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Detecting Melanoma Without Cutting

Tags: Melanoma, Skin Cancer, University of California at San Francisco, UVA, UVB, Airline Pilots and Melanoma, Cosmic Radiation

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