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.

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.