Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Are U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilots At Greater Risk For Prostate Cancer?

McClatchy News: Are fighter pilots at greater risk for prostate cancer? The Air Force is now asking

The Air Force has begun to look at whether there’s increased risk for prostate cancer among its fighter pilots. A new investigation by McClatchy shows just how serious the problem may be.

The fighter pilot study was requested by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein after he was contacted by concerned veterans service organizations in 2018, according to the report obtained by McClatchy.

At the heart of the Air Force study was a question of whether extended exposure in the cockpit to radiation may be linked to increased risk of prostate cancer.

The study said “pilots have greater environmental exposure to ultraviolet and ionizing radiation ... (fighter pilots) have unique intra-cockpit exposures to non-ionizing radiation.” The Air Force study was conducted by the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

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WNU Editor: Wow! That is a massive increase.

1 comment:

Dov Sar said...

I just remarked about that topic to my former jet instructor pilot; his wife flew A-7's and just died of ovarian cancer at age 65. When you fly fighters or bombers, you are sitting just a few feet behind a very powerful radar; the inverse square law for power does not have much distance to work and shielding was not all that. I told him I was surprised that we all haven't died of cancer after so many years doing that.