Air Force Study Finds Higher Risk of Cancer in Air Force Pilots: Could It Be Due to Electromagnetic Fields? – Environmental Health Trust


Excerpts from “Air Force Pilots’ Cancer Cases Linked To Cockpit Radiation? Calls Rise For Studies” by Eric Tegler, Forbes, Sep 13, 2022

“At the annual symposium for the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Colonel Dan “Animal” Javorsek will give a presentation on the relationship between exposure to radar, avionics and other emissions in the cockpits of fighter aircraft and a rising incidence of cancers among active and retired Air Force pilots.”

“When he joined DARPA as a program manager in 2018, he took the reins of the Agency’s Impact of Cockpit Electro-Magnetics on Aircrew Neurology (ICEMAN) program. ICEMAN was a two-year project aimed at determining whether radio waves and magnetic fields were harming pilots and interfering with their ability to operate their aircraft.”

“…A study released in 2020 by the Air Force’s School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base… Researchers tracked the health of approximately 35,000 active-duty airmen who flew fighter jets between 1970 and 2004, concluding they are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer and melanoma, with possible links to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and testicular cancer. According to the School of Aerospace Medicine, the study results suggested the need for possible cancer prevention measures but were not enough to warrant broad policy changes for the Air Force fighter community. Javorsek, who assumed command of AFOTEC 6 in April 2021, continued to wonder about the effect of cockpit radiation from the newer 4th and 5th generation aircraft he and others have been flying since 2004.”

“The 2021 death of a friend and fellow USAF pilot from cancer inspired Col. Javorsek to establish a non-profit foundation called ACES and Eights to raise awareness for aircrew cancer.”

“Many hundreds of scientific studies have linked radio frequency EMFs to serious medical issues. They include DNA damage, rare brain cancers, including glioma and acoustic neuroma, salivary tumors, heart disease, diabetes, sperm abnormalities, reduced volumes of the brain’s gray matter and damage to white matter, neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression, and even very early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The list seems to grow almost daily. This may be significant to pilots. Nina Anderson, a retired corporate pilot who has built a second career as a respected consultant specializing in EMF issues, reports that jet cockpits are the most EMF-dense environments she has ever examined. Every flight instrument and radio contributes its share.” -“5G and electromagnetic fields – Professional Pilot Magazine   PDF by By Owen Davies

Col. Daniel Javorsek, USAF
Strategic Technology Office (STO), Program Manager

Col. Daniel “Animal” Javorsek joined the Strategic Technology Office as a program manager in August 2018. Prior to his arrival, he was a flight test squadron commander and experimental test pilot in several different stealth and combat fighter aircraft. Javorsek earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University, a master’s degree in flight test engineering from the Air University, a master’s degree in science & technology intelligence from the National Intelligence University, a master’s degree in airpower strategy & technology integration from Air University, as well as a doctorate in nuclear astrophysics from Purdue University.