According to a new analysis of existing research, airline pilots and flight attendants face as much as twice the risk for melanoma (a deadly skin cancer) compared to the general population. This could be a result of the higher UV Exposure in an Airplane.
It’s very simple: When flying you are roughly 40000 Ft. closer to the sun than normal therefore you are exposed to much more UV radiation because of the physical closeness alone. Also in this cruising altitudes the ozone layer which filters harmful UVA & UVB Radiation is much thinner.
Especially the longer wavelength UVA rays account for about 95% of the UV radiation and are not filtered by the airplane windows. In contrast to UVB radiation, there is no damage to the skin surface, such as sunburn. UVA radiation penetrates much deeper into the skin where it produces free radicals and damages the DNA structures of the skin cells. These cell changes can lead to faster skin aging, sun intolerance, pigment disorders and ultimately to skin cancer.
To illustrate the importance of adequate sun protection: A 2014 study done by the University of California found that 56 minutes in the cockpit of a plane yielded the same amount of radiation as 20 minutes in a tanning bed.
To protect yourself against the dangers of UVA exposure, you should never fly without appropriate sun protection. All Avionox products contain a specially developed UVA-12 protection so that you can travel around the world without worries.