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Are fighter pilots at greater risk for prostate cancer? The Air Force is now asking

Are fighter pilots at greater risk for prostate cancer? The Air Force is now asking ( Más...

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paul trubits 5
Only the men.
Mike Williams 2
From what I've read more men are affected by prostate cancer than women have problems with breast cancer. But the men with prostate cancer do not die of their cancer. They die of something else. There are several men who have been affected by breast cancer.
And breast cancer has the PR behind it.
Em Fairley 1
While you're mostly correct, a guy dies of prostate cancer every 90 minutes...
I wonder if the US Army or The US Marine Corps ever did a study about the "spine com-pressures" of the crews of light type helicopters.
lecompte2 1
It has been found that pulling a lot of "G" during fighter jet operations will result at a later date in some diverticulitis problems.
ml110 1
Two well known facts: 1.Prostate cancer is testosterone dependent, thus the success of testosterone reducing drugs and orchiectomy. 2. Fighter jocks tend to have excessive testosterone levels. Non-ionizing radiation exposure may be correlated, but not causative.
Craig Good 1
What are your data for the assertion that fighter pilots "tend to have excessive testosterone levels"?
ml110 1
Personal observations and numerous second-hand reports of testosterone dependent behaviors seen in fighter pilots inform my opinion that they have more testosterone than the average guy. In other words, they are more cocky, more aggressive, and more arrogant than pilots of other types of A/C. I do not have any medical tests or quantitative surveys on this matter. Of course, my information may be biased by the small number or reports or the tendency of one outrageous incident propagates far further than one hundred ordinary ones.
Do you have evidence to the contrary?

Prostrate cancer is a small price to pay for being a Fighter Pilot.
Neil Klapthor 2
Pretty insensitive remark. My father was an AF pilot...unfortunately not a fighter pilot (B52, C141, B25, B29, B37, B36, C119, C127 and a few others) and died from prostate cancer. Not a pleasant way to bad he didn't have the joy of being a fighter pilot to make it worthwhile.
It is NOT an insensitive remark, because, your dad was NOT a fighter pilot, I didn’t know in advance that he had prostate cancer from being a fighter pilot – he wasn’t, and, you’re implying I wanted to hurt your sensitive, childish, misplaced feelings.

It was simply a statement, and, you apparently failed to learn in middle school, high school and in life how to evaluate and interpret likely the only language you ever learned: English.

As a prior USAF officer, having been selected for OTS, graduating number one in my class, and, having joined the USAF to be a fighter pilot, getting my pilot’s license in advance of joining the USAF, etcetera, I would have not only endured prostate cancer, but, I would of given my left nut fly the F-15, F-16, F–35 etc.

Apparently, you failed to follow your father's excellent example of being a man, and, with your comment, you just want to soak up pain and agony from his service and untimely departure.

Further, the etiology of your father's prostate cancer likely had nothing to do with his USAF service.
You appear to be just a whiny crybaby.
Absolutely no apology - I stand by my remarks.
However, I absolutely respect you father, but, not his child rearing – apparently it was severely lacking.
Neil Klapthor 4
Major, USAF, Retired. 20 years B52 navigator/bombardier. Accepted to pilot school prior to attending OTS during Vietnam. Unfortunately, AF later decided they had too many pilots at that time and didn't take any from my OTS class. Had the option to get out or go to nav school instead.

Seemed to have hit a nerve...sorry.
No worries Major.
As I understand it, having lasted 20 years as a NAV in the Buff is very uncommon, and, it takes pure dedication.
Thanks for letting me know.
You have my total respect.
Read all of your comments and loved them.
Hugely appreciate your love and dedication to the B-52, now considered to be a "Century Aircraft."
Especially liked your story re the KLAXON, post child birth, incident.
Also the Standing Evil comment.
Had a standing evil major try three times on take-off for T&Gs, post mission, pulling hard while climbing, maximum G turns with me as a student in an attempt to get me to vomit.
Yep, I thought it was pure FUN and Exciting, wanted more, until he called "Going Cold MiKe" on short final, and pulled his face mask off and let the puke pour out and spray the panel.
Had the situational awareness to go to 100% Oxygen to avoid the odor and copy cat puke.
Post aircraft exit, the major lay his upper torso across the T-37, shouting in front of the crew chief "I feel like shit."
Had no idea my situation had just went FUBAR.
He never went DNIF, which I didn't know existed at the time.
Mike Williams 1
I have been diagnosed with prostate "problems" and the V.A. prescribed me finasteride. It suppresses testosterone. It can be prescribed for hair loss.
Now I see many TV ads to help men's energy - all kinds of energy. I will not take it.
I was an audio engineer back in '71 to '73. I got lucky!
I've had 4 prostate biopsies. I elected to get radiation therapy and that doctor (not VA) said it was not required. I saw her after my 1st biopsy.
Neil Klapthor 1
Appears to me to be a very incomplete, therefore worthless, study.
this is an interesting study to be sure,but many men find as they age,they have prostate cancer,and many of them do not work as fighter pilots...
Craig Good 0
I would expect transport pilots to have longer exposure to radiation at altitude than fighter pilots, so I don't understand why this cohort is the focus. Non-ionizing radiation doesn't cause cancer or, really, anything else. At the most it can warm them up slightly. The memo seems fishy.
Interesting how 21 astronauts went through the Van Allen Radiation belt, and, then outside of it for days, yet, none of them had had even sunburns from the experience.
Some physicists and other astronauts have stated that the 1960's technology flight suits worn by the lunar mission astronauts were so effective at protecting them from the solar radiation passing through the belt, and, being lunar orbital, or, on the surface of the moon, that those same space suits should be used to clean-up the radioactive Chernobyl; because, the radiation at Chernobyl is much less than that outside of the Van Allen belt and on the moon.


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