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Firefighters Are at Risk

Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters.

THE facts

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters, following cardiovascular disease.

  • High incidents of cancer in firefighters is attributed to the multitude of toxins that escape during a fire.

  • Firefighters are 2.2 times more likely to develop testicular cancer than the general population.

  • Carcinogen exposure-time have increased tremendously due to the limited number of firefighters in many departments.

NEWS and Research

May 15, 2017


Special Report: What’s Killing Our Firefighters


Feb 24, 2017

Washington Post

Firefighters and cancer: Is a risky job even riskier?

Sep 15, 2015

The Atlantic

The States That Don't Protect Sick Firefighters


Jul 29, 2015

Firefighters being 'left in the smoke'

Oct 17, 2013


NIOSH Study of Firefighters Finds Increased Rates of Cancer

Aug 01, 2013


Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service

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