According to an article in the LA Times, a study in JAMA Dermatology found that flight crews working at 40,000 feet were at greater risk for melanoma. For pilots, that risk is 2.22 times greater. For cabin crew members, that risk is 2.09 times greater. The study authors believe that UVA radiation is the primary driver of the increased risk. As a plane flies higher, it is exposed to more intense UVA radiation, which can penetrate the glass windows of a plane. This is not the first study to come to this conclusion. Multiple studies in the past have found that the more hours a flight crew member spends in the air, the greater likelihood that he or she will be diagnosed with melanoma.
September 05, 2014