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Aviation Health Alert: Protecting Our Skin - A Priority for Aviation Crew
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As we navigate the skies, our main priority remains safety—both within and beyond the aircraft. Today, I want to address a health concern that is especially pertinent to us in aviation: skin cancer.

Rising Concerns in Aviation

Due to higher altitudes and thinner window panes that do not fully block UV radiation, flight crews are exposed to higher levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a significant risk factor for skin cancers, including melanoma. Regular skin checks are crucial for early detection and prevention.

A Personal Story From Our Founder

Our commitment to this cause is deeply personal. Recently, our founder underwent treatment for pre-melanoma detected on his left arm and had a Mohs surgery—a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer—to remove cancerous tissue from his ear. These incidents highlight the risks we face and underscore the importance of proactive skin health management.

Why Regular Dermatological Check-Ups Matter for Aviation Professionals

  • Early Detection: Dermatologists can detect signs of skin damage or cancer that are not yet visible to the untrained eye.
  • Preventative Care: Regular check-ups can lead to the early treatment of pre-cancerous conditions, potentially preventing the development of cancer.
  • Education on Self-Care: Learning about proper skin care and protection from UV rays is crucial for those of us spending considerable time at high altitudes.

Actions You Can Take

  1. Schedule Regular Skin Examinations: Make an appointment with a dermatologist at least once a year, or more frequently if recommended.
  2. Self-Check: Learn how to perform regular self-examinations. Look for new or changing moles, unusual skin growths, or changes in existing skin marks.
  3. Sun Protection: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and use UV-protective films on cabin windows if possible.

Looking Ahead

Let's take this opportunity to prioritize our health by scheduling a skin check-up. It’s a small step that can lead to significant protection against skin cancer.

Stay safe and healthy,

The Team

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