A 36-year-old male asked:
Are there any statistics on flying and xray related cancers? also what is the threshold for exposure per year?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Pathology 44 years experience
Don't worry: Just a pop scare. Although there's a bit more in the way of cosmic rays up in the sky, nobody's been able to show convincingly that professional pilots have any increase in the prevalence of any cancer, including those most famously related to ionizing radiation (acute leukemia, sarcoma). Melanomas may be due to more sun exposure by globe-trotting pilots enjoying beaches. Live & enjoy.
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Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Because of: Cosmic radiation, and the absorption of the layers of atmosphere, the airlines and nasa were interested in this question. I've tried looking up the rem, or radiation safety unit, and airline workers are classified as "un-badged", ie unmeasured, radiation workers, there is no incresae of any cancer in pilots or flight attendants.
5.2k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 31, 2013
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