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Health concerns for flight attendants
  • Published Date:
    September 2012
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  • Description:
    Study overview -- Why night work, time zone travel, and jet lag are health concerns -- Why radiation from space is a concern -- Who was in our study -- What we found -- What you should do -- Our next study -- Learn more.

    Summary, also called worker notification, sent to those flight attendants who were included in the long-term exposure to radiation and shift work study.

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) assessed causes of death among flight attendants. NIOSH is a government research agency that works to improve the safety and health of America’s workers. We are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    You are being sent this information because you were among the flight attendants included in our study. This study summary contains information that may be related to your health. The study was done using only records. We are completing a second study that uses survey data we collected years ago from the women in this study. This summary only includes information about our finished records-based study. We will send out another letter when our survey-based study is complete.

    Flight attendants often work at night, travel across time zones, and experience jet lag. While flying, they are also exposed to radiation from space. These conditions have raised concerns that flight attendants may have a higher risk of certain cancers. To find out, we assessed causes of death among a group of flight attendants.

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