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THE ELEVATED RISK OF MELANOMA AMONG PILOTS – COULD UVA BE IMPLICATED?

Authors
  • Emslie, Nicola
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine
Publisher
Exeley Inc.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2019
Volume
11
Pages
1–5
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21307/asam-2019-004
Source
Exeley
License
Green

Abstract

A number of studies indicate that pilots have approximately double the risk of developing melanoma compared to the general population. It is not clear which aetiological factors underpin this increase in risk. Possibilities include leisure time sun exposure, cosmic radiation, circadian rhythm disruption and UV exposures in the cockpit. This brief review presents some of the key research on exposures of interest, with a focus on UV radiation. It highlights the need for further research assessing UVA levels within the cockpit of flying aircraft, given the possibility that glass windscreens may not be particularly effective at blocking UVA.

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