Flight Attendants Are More Likely to Get These Cancers: Study

Flight Attendants Are More Likely to Get These Cancers: Study

These 7 types of cancer are more prevalent in those who fly for a living.

A new study reported on recently by CNN.com has some surprising news for flight attendants, and for those who fly a lot.

Flight attendants have been found to be more likely  to get breast cancer, melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, uterine, gastrointestinal, cervical and thyroid cancers.

In fact, even those who have more than 3 children have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This is something that surprised researchers. For most women, the more children they have, the lower their risk of developing breast cancer.

Why are flight attendants raking in these tragic results? Scientists say the reasons are multi-fold. Flight attendants are regularly exposed to likely carcinogens such as pesticides, fire retardants, jet fuel and other chemicals, as well as higher levels of cosmic ionizing radiation.

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They can also often experience a disrupted sleep cycle due to changing work schedules. The result is disrupted circadian rhythms. And studies have shown this can also cause an increase in cancer rates.

So, what’s being done about the dangers?

According to CNN, it wasn’t until 2014 that American flight attendants obtained protections from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration like other American workers. Thankfully, now they have some.

American flight attendants still can’t enjoy laws like those in place in Europe. European workers are monitored and limit their exposure to cosmic ionizing radiation. Hopefully this is part of the future.

For the moment, take heed and make sure you’re tested regularly by your doctor if you fly the airways often. Cancer that is caught early is easier to treat.

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