Air crew more likely to die from cancer

Two male pilots

A recent study has found that airline staff are more likely to suffer from cancer.

Male cockpit crews employed by commercial airlines have a significantly raised mortality from malignant melanoma and Aids, according to the analysis of 93,771 crew members from 10 countries.

Hammer GP et al (2014). “Mortality from cancer and other causes in commercial airline crews: a joint analysis of cohorts from 10 countries”. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, first published online 3 January.

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