The Scary Statistic That Will Make You Never Want To Be A Flight Attendant

Being a flight attendant sounds pretty glamorous – a life amidst the clouds, jetting from one exotic locale to another. However, a scary new statistic makes getting a job as a flight attendant sound far riskier than ever before.

The medical journal Environmental Health just released a study that claims non-melanoma cancer rates amongst flight attendants are quadruple that of the general public. That’s right: flight attendants are four times more likely to get cancer.

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Female flight attendants in particular were 51 percent more likely to have breast cancer than the average woman working on the ground. In fact, the longer a flight attendant of any gender worked in the field, the more likely they would develop cancer.

A number of factors could be responsible for the increased cancer rates. The researchers suggest that elements such as unhealthy sleep schedules, carcinogens in jet fuel and fire-retardant materials, and increased radiation received from spending so much time high above the Earth could all play a part.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, has stated that flight attendants will immediately be informed of the study’s results.