High Cancer Rates For Pilots, Ground Crew, Pentagon

AT SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 06: A McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet lands during joint military exercise, Saxon Warrior, aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on August 6, 2017 off the north west coast of the United Kingdom. The American Aircraft carrier the USS George HW Bush is a nuclear powered 97,000-tonne, 20 story high Nimitz class aircraft carrier. It has a 4.5-acre flight deck with around 80 combat aircraft and is home to around 5,000 US Navy personnel who are currently conducting joint military exercises off the coast of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
  • The Pentagon study reportedly also appears to high rates of cancer among ground crews that fuel, maintain and launch those aircraft.
  • Retired military aviators have reportedly asked for such data, after having raised concerns for years  about the number of air and ground crew members whom they knew had cancer.
  • The Pentagon’s yearlong study of almost 900,000 service members who flew on or worked on military aircraft from 1992 and 2017 found air crew members had an 87% higher rate of melanoma while women a 16% higher rate of breast cancer.
  • Overall, the air crews had a 24% higher rate of cancer of all types, the study also found.