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Cancer Risks Higher for Flight Attendants

Flight attendants get more cancers.

The glamour of being a flight attendant may wear thin as more research uncovers health risks. Scientists compared the self-reported cancer diagnosis from a group of over 4000 flight attendants with a similar contemporary control group. The flight attendants had a higher prevalence of every cancer examined--especially breast, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Job tenure was a significant factor in risk. Loss of sleep, jet lag and exposure to carcinogenic chemicals may be to blame.

PositiveTip: Regularity in life, including adequate sleep and avoidance of environmental exposures may reduce cancer risk.