Pilots are at high risk for skin cancer
According to a study reported by cbsnews.com, the pilot and the other crew members at risk two-fold higher risk for skin cancer known as melanoma or compared with other professions.
The main author of this study is Dr. Susana Ortiz-Urda, co-director of the UCSF Melanoma Center at the University of California, San Francisco argued that the proximity of the pilots and crew to the sun can increase their risk for this terrible disease .
“Exposure to sunlight is the main factor why a person can get skin cancer. Thing is to impact the pilots and crew members whose activities require them to be exposed to sunlight continuously even in the plane. Because in fact the plane window protection against solar radiation is low , “he explained.
“For every increase of 900 meters above sea level, an increase in solar radiation by 15%. So can you imagine how high the risk of the pilots and crew for radiation exposure to the sun,” he continued.
Melanoma itself is one type of skin cancer. Although it can be treated, but a late detection can also make this deadly disease. The American Cancer Society notes that in 2014 almost 10,000 people in the United States die from this disease.