Pilots Undergo Cancer Screening

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Air Force (IAF) pilots flying F-161 fighter jets learned recently that some of them have been exposed to carcinogens.

The IAF's chief medical officer, Colonel Erez Barnboim, said it was likely that numbers of pilots were exposed to high concentration of formaldehyde, a known carcinogenic.

"Formaldehyde can cause cancer and as doctors we are therefore obligated to update people who may have been exposed to it," said the colonel.

"We do not know of anyone so far who is sick, but we will continue to closely watch them [pilots and technicians], and we won't stop until we're sure that everyone is fine," he said.

Though only one of the F-161's cockpits tested positive for high concentrations of formaldehyde, IAF Chief Major General Elazar Shkedy grounded all training flights. The aircraft will continue to be used for other flights.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Medical Branch discovered the formaldehyde in an F-161 fighter after pilots reported a foul odor in the cockpit.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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