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Risk of breast cancer is also increased among retired US female airline cabin attendants

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7148.1902 (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1902
  1. Daniel Wartenberg, Associate professor,
  2. Cecile Pryor Stapleton, Doctoral student
  1. Environmental Health Division, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Piscataway, NJ 08855-1179, USA

    EDITOR—An excess incidence of breast cancer has been reported among Finnish1 and Danish2 airline cabin attendants (standardised incidence ratio 1.9 (95% confidence interval 1.2 to 2.2) and 1.6 (0.9 to 2.7) respectively). In a retrospective cohort survey of retired flight attendants from one US airline we also found an excess incidence of breast cancer (standardised incidence ratio=2.0 (1.0 to 4.3)) (unpublished data).

    Neither of the previous reports identified a cause for this excess incidence. One suggested that, on the basis of estimated exposures, radiation …

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