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This is a turning point in this area of research because "it has never before been reported that leukemia in aircrew is linked to chromosome changes, in fact the same changes seen in radiotherapy induced leukemia," says Gundestrup.

Brand tells WebMD that his research combined with that of Gundestrup is intriguing and may be relevant to anyone who spends several thousand hours on jets. However, the number of individuals studied in all these investigations has been small, so the link between jet flight and cancer is far from being confirmed. Even if there were a certain connection, he adds, the risk to any individual frequent flyer would be quite small. Brand is now a senior medical epidemiologist at Health Canada in Quebec.

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