Cancer Research: What Fire Ground Exposures Are Revealing

Cancer is a leading cause of fire service morbidity and mortality. A study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) demonstrated an excess mortality rate for cancer in fire fighters compared with the general population. The toxic environments in which fire service members live and work have long been suspected to have an adverse effect on fire fighter health. Fire fighters are exposed to many chemicals that are known to cause cancer in humans. This workshop will discuss recent studies regarding fire ground exposures and their effects on fire fighters. Strategies to reduce occupational exposures and their effectiveness will also be discussed.

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