Many who read this page understand several important factors going on with the Earth and associated Space Weather.
1) Earth is undergoing a magnetic pole flip. I first noticed this around 2005 when the compass readings I took for solar work in Hawaii no longer meshed with what was "expected". Since then, the change has become fairly well documented, although maybe only 1 in 100 educated people even know about it.
2) The "Quiet Sun" which means, for the most part, lack of sunspots and their associated high magnetism. Just like the last solar cycle, which also had scientists baffled at how quickly the sun got quiet, this cycle playing out in real time also beffudled said "scientists" by a quick drop below their expected near sine-siodal curve. A quiet sun lessens the magnetic field interaction between the earth and sun, and allows more GCR's to get into our atmosphere. Those GCRs are Gamma Rays....very much like the Gamma rays created by earth based ionizing radiation that we often focus on here at Nukepro
They point directly to GCRs in this article above. But then throw out this ringer:
The study cannot prove what causes this increase, but the authors said increased exposure to ionising radiation from time spent in the thinner upper atmosphere as well as disrupted sleep and meal cycles could be factors.
Some 3.4 percent of the women who flew for a living had breast cancer, compared to 2.3 percent in the general population.
The flight-crew rate was 0.15 percent compared to 0.13 percent for uterine cancer; 1.0 compared to 0.70 percent for cervical cancer; 0.47 compared to 0.27 percent for stomach or colon cancer; and 0.67 compared to 0.56 percent for thyroid cancer.
The risk of breast cancer was higher in women who had never had children, as well as those who had three or more.
Having no childlen was a known risk factor, noted Mordukhovich.
- Cosmic radiation -
But we were surprised to replicate a recent finding that exposure to work as a flight attendant was related to breast cancer exclusively among women with three or more children, she said.
This may be due to combined sources of circadian rhythm disruption -- sleep deprivation and irregular schedules -- both at home and at work.
Male flight attendants were found to have higher rates of skin cancer -- 1.2 and 3.2 percent for melanoma and non-melanoma cancer, respectively, compared to 0.69 and 2.9 percent for the adult population as a whole.
This article from 2003 indicates that this is not "news". But with the solar cycle and current quiet sun, this is a great time to educate people to overall risks of radiation, and that means not just cancer, but morbidity (sickness) in many ways.