Commercial Airline Pilots and Cabin Crew Increased Risk of Skin Cancer Injuries

Studies Show Increased Melanoma Risk for Airline Crew

A recent study published in The Journal of American Medical Association Dermatology found that pilots and air crew have twice the incidence of melanoma compared with the general population.1 The study was a “meta-analysis”—it analyzed the results of 19 previous studies involving more than a quarter of a million participants. The study also found a 42 percent higher melanoma mortality rate compared with the general population.

If you or someone you love was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and was a pilot, cabin crew member, flight attendant, air host or hostess, or steward or stewardess, please contact us at 1.800.553.9910 to investigate a potential legal action, class action, or to learn more about air crew melanoma.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is the deadliest type of skin cancer. Melanoma progresses faster than other types of skin cancer and can spread and can spread beyond the skin to affect other parts of the body, including the bones or brain. Although potentially aggressive and life-threatening, if treated early melanoma can be curable. Melanoma symptoms may include:

  • A change to an existing mole or other skin growths
  • A small, dark, multicolored spot with irregular borders that may bleed and scab
  • A cluster of shiny, firm, dark bumps
  • A mole larger than a pencil eraser

If you think you may have melanoma and believe it is related to your job in the airline industry, contact us today at 1.800.553.9910.

[1] Sanlorenzo et al., The Risk of Melanoma in Pilots and Cabin Crew: A Meta-Analysis, 151 JAMA Dermatol. 51-58 (January 2015).