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April Science & Research-Week 4 -Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study (FFCCS)

Established in July 2016, the FEMA-funded Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study (FFCCS) research project provides a national framework to collect and integrate firefighter epidemiologic surveys, biomarkers and exposure data focused on carcinogenic exposures and health effects. The long-term goal is to follow long-term 10,000 firefighters over a 30-year observation…

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April Science & Research – Week 3 – What research supports the link between firefighting and cancer?

Research spanning decades, continents, and more than 80,000 firefighters validates the connection between firefighting and occupational cancer. Here is an overview of key studies. The 2017 Blais University of Ottawa study examined chemical exposure occurring during emergency, on-shift fire suppression. The researchers found firefighters absorb harmful chemicals, including…

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April Science & Research – Week 2 – 2010 Study of Cancer Among US Firefighters

Running into a burning building isn’t the only major threat firefighters face. Men and women on the frontlines of America’s fire departments often are exposed to toxic smoke, asbestos and other chemicals and substances that may increase their cancer risk. As a result, these first…

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April – Science & Research – Week 1 The Anatomy of Cancer

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancer develops when the body’s normal control mechanism stops working. Old cells do not die and instead grow out of control, forming new, abnormal cells. These extra cells may form a mass of tissue,…

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Survivor Stories: Chief Tracy Williams

Creating a space for firefighters and their families who have battled and defeated cancer is a privilege and an important part of the South Carolina Firefighter Cancer Coalition’s mission. In addition to the weekly Scope of Cancer in Fire Service updates, SCSFA is periodically sharing…

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Scope of Cancer in Fire Service, Week 4 – Making a Change

Not all of these methods are possible in every department; some of these ideas may be difficult to accept. But we must make changes to reduce the number of members being diagnosed with cancer. There is no question that we have a cancer problem in…

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Scope of Cancer in Fire Service, Week 3- Cancer in the Fire Service

Cancer in the fire service is our current reality, but we are beginning to better understand firefighters’ increased risks and cancer’s devastating toll. This in-depth article explores best practices in protecting ourselves, our crew members and our families from this work-related risk. https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2017/05/10/ff-cancer-facts/  

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Scope of Cancer in Fire Service, Week 2 – Carcinogenic Exposures

Firefighters work in uncontrolled environments. They are exposed to hazards at high levels for varying lengths of time, unlike most other occupations. https://www.iaff.org/wp-content/uploads/FFCancer_CarcinogenicExposures.pdf    

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Scope of Cancer in Fire Service, Week 1 – Cancer 101

The first week of the Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month addresses why cancer is the number-one line-of-duty death in the fire service. Additionally, the content defines cancer, explains the scope of occupational cancer in the fire service and identifies carcinogens, occupational exposures and other chemicals found…

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SC Firefighter Cancer Coalition Launches Webpage & Initiative

The South Carolina Firefighter Cancer Coalition is launching a webpage and initiative to keep the South Carolina Fire Service informed about firefighter cancer, “Firefighters and Cancer: What you need to Know.”  The SC Firefighter Cancer Coalition (Coalition), a group of seven fire service agencies to…

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