Revealed! Health risks for frequent fliers (video)

Do you know how travelling by plane can affect you?

Health Risks for Frequent Flyers

Frequent fliers may be affected by unexpected health risks, it has been revealed.

Any time you fly you are exposed to a little extra radiation from Space.

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So, if you fly a lot it can really add up. But don't worry if you head off on holiday two or three times a year, this is far more likely to be affecting people who fly dozens of times a year.

In fact, scientists say some frequent fliers are exposed to more radiation than nuclear power plant workers. This, in turn, could increase the risk of the passenger developing certain types of cancer.

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But, this isn't the only concern because scientists have also said that chronic jet lag can switch off genes linked to the immune system, which raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Is this the only thing frequent fliers have to worry about? Not quite! Just last month we revealed where the dirtiest places on a plane are, and some of them will surprise you.

The filthiest place on a plane is often the one passengers are willing to fight over.. the armrest! So maybe next time you hit the skies you'll remember to take a few anti-bacterial wipes with you to wipe down those arm rests before you start to squabble.

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