A new study conducted by the Pentagon has found that military pilots and ground crews are at a higher risk of developing cancer compared to the general population. The study, which was released on Friday, analyzed the medical records of over 300,000 Air Force veterans who served between 2000 and 2010.
According to the study, military pilots were 25% more likely to develop melanoma and 13% more likely to develop prostate cancer compared to non-pilots in the Air Force. Ground crews were also found to have an increased risk of several types of cancer, including melanoma, prostate, and bladder cancer.
The study suggests that exposure to ionizing radiation, which is present in high-altitude flight, may be a contributing factor to the increased cancer risk. Other factors such as exposure to jet fuel, exhaust fumes, and other chemicals may also play a role.
The Pentagon has stated that it is taking steps to address the issue, including providing pilots with protective equipment and limiting their exposure to harmful substances. The study also recommends increased monitoring and screening for military personnel who may have been exposed to these risk factors.
The findings of the study have raised concerns about the health risks faced by military personnel and the need for improved safety measures. It is hoped that the study will help to raise awareness of the issue and lead to improvements in the health and safety of military pilots and ground crews.