Airport Full Body Scanners And Increased Incidence Of Lesions
peanuts, gluten, shellfish, penicillin, etc.
people have allergies and certain susceptibilities
fortunately I can consume all of the aforementioned things.
I do have a fair skin condition.
redheads when exposed to sun develop freckles.
when I get a good dose of sun I develop moles and freckles.
having gone a period of life with sun exposure and not flying I know from experience if I get in the mood to go on hikes or spend time in the sun I develop moles and freckles.
If i remain indoors and stay away from the sun I don't really notice any new skin lesions.
i've noticed this year that i've had significant occurrence of moles and freckles. i've also flown several times this year. several for me anyhow, 10 flights / body scans.
what i've noticed is every time i've flown this year i have developed rather large moles that present aggressively within a week or less of a flight, they erupt from the skin and what has really drawn my attention to them is they itch, and i end up scratching the heck out of them and they bleed so I really notice them.
my last flight this month I was strongly considering requesting a personal screening at the tsa checkpoint, but I decided against it.
This morning two days from my return flight I started scratching an itch just at the edge of my armpit thinking it was a zit or something.
I thought better of it and looked in the mirror and sure enough, a new mole.
so, I will now opt for manual screening. i'm gonna be that weird paranoid dude.
the lesions could be due increased exposure to cosmic radiation during flight or many other things I haven't considered. I suppose it's a process of elimination.
these scanners are probably relatively safe for most people but I have a suspicion it could be problematic for a low percentage of people.
as to whether it's a cosmetic issue or something more i'll have to wait and see what the Doc says.
with technology today, it'd be easy to track something like this. a full body optical scan to map lesions might just be prudent for people susceptible to negative outcomes from increased sun exposure. it could also shed light on other events or at least make tracking better.
i hate things like this. it's all intuition.
no preponderance of evidence, carefully recorded data or solid testing methodology.
it's like getting stuck in a "why" loop with a 7 year old.
*edit: I forgot to mention increased size and prominence of existing lesions, in addition to development of new ones.