Airline pilots, cabin crew at high risk of malignancy

RESEARCHERS reviewed data from 19 studies involving more than 266,000 participants in the largest study to date, firming up previously noted trends.

Unlike exposure to ionizing radiation, exposure to UV radiation was not a well-recognised occupational risk factor for flight crew, the study authors noted.

“The windshields and cabin windows of airplanes seem to minimally block UVA radiation, and it is known for every additional 900m of altitude above sea level there is a 15% increase in intensity of UV radiation,”