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Inflight Radiation; News Report On NBC

Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:47 pm

I just saw an NBC report in which NBC had interviewed airline employees from UAL who had reported high cancer rates from being too close to the sun who fly very often report of having cancer rates 4 times higher than normal There is a female FA working with UAL who is not surprised about this and she doesn't fly as often due to being afraid to die from cancer.... She is a two time survivor of breast cancer. There is another FA this time male who will only fly every 7 days and he has a pin from his doctor to tell on how high cancer levels are. According to a study the suns rays pass though the plane's skins infecting the passenger with harmful rays. Poeple in the plane at cruising altitude get more sicker than those on the ground because the earths atmosphere blocks more of the rays. There was an internal memo from Continental airlines addressing this issue warning pregnant FAs about this same danger. A Canadian study on Air Canada pilots showed cancer rate 5 time higher. Similar results were in a British study years ago when it was daone on FAS and pilots. Did anyone else see the report? This was on my local NBC station. I think it was also on MSNBC? There might be a link. I'll go look for it. Before anyone discredits me Think about the study and those airline employees who are being diagnosed with high cancer rates. Bear in mind that they are getting sicker in large numbers and that their hell is real along with the UAL FA who is a two time survivor of breast cancer who is afraid of getting it again. The next time. She might not be so lucky. Along with the AC pilots in which the Canadian study was done on. If I can't find it I hope someone will help me out. Thanks

RE: Inflight Radiation; News Report On NBC

Tue Feb 06, 2001 2:22 pm

This topic came up a little while ago, and I posted a response based on some searches of the medical literature. Basically, you shouldn't believe everything NBC News says about medicine -- journalists by definition don't know anything and just pretend they do. It isn't uncommon for these "cancer clusters" to pop up every so often, but usually it's just anecdotal. Aircrew members who think they might get cancer usually get overly upset when a colleague gets cancer and attribute it to flying, even though statistically that may not be borne out. That being said, there have been a number of scientifically controlled studies done on this issue, and the results are unclear. Some studies do show higher risk for cancer for flight crew, some don't. Some found higher risk, but these results disappeared when they controlled for leisure time activities. Translation: pilots are at higher risk for cancer not because they fly, but because they are statistically more likely to enjoy sunbathing than the general population. So you need to look very closely at how the study was done and what variables they controlled for when the media flashes a "5 times higher risk" figure at you. Otherwise it's just sowing paranoia.

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