Cancer Coalition

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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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/   [caption id="attachment_542778" align="aligncenter" width="445"]
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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   [caption id="attachment_542775" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Source: Iaff / Firefighter Cancer Support Network[/caption]  
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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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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 construct
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