Pilots, Flight Crews May Face Higher Melanoma Risk

September 3, 2014 8:07 PM

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Airplane crew members like pilots and flight attendants face more than twice the risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population, and they also have a 42 percent higher melanoma death rate, according to a new review of available research.

While the higher rates of melanoma among pilots and flight crew have been studied before, UV exposure is still not an acknowledged occupational risk factor for flight crews. Study researcher Susana Ortiz-Urda, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the Melanoma Program at UC San Francisco, hopes that her new s...

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