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Paris (AFP) - Flight crews have higher than average rates of certain cancers, according to a study of more than 5,000 US-based flight attendants.
"We report a higher lifetime prevalence of breast, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers among flight crews relative to the general population," said Irina Mordukhovich, a researcher at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of a study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health.
"This is striking given the low rates of overweight and smoking in this occupational group," she said in a statement.
Out of 5,366 flight attendants who took part in the study, just over 15 percent reported ever having been diagnosed with cancer.
Taking age into account, the study found a higher prevalence of cancer in flight crew for every type of cancer examined.