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Melanoma risk is higher for flight crews that work at 40,000 feet
Melanoma risk is higher for flight crews that work at 40,000 feet

Attention pilots and flight attendants: For your safety, please fasten your seat belts, note the location of the aircraft’s emergency exits -- and be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen to reduce your risk of melanoma. When it comes to the risks of flying, skin cancer may not be the first health hazard that comes to mind. But a new study in JAMA Dermatology says that pilots are 2.22 times more likely than folks in the general population at large to be diagnosed with melanoma. For members of the cabin crew, the risk was 2.09 times greater. Melanoma is the sixth most common cancer in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although other types of skin cancer...

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