Pinpointing the exact cause of cancer is extremely difficult
because firefighters are not exposed to just one agent. They are exposed to multiple cancer-causing agents. Because of the multiple exposures and the multiple routes of exposure—they inhale carcinogens, and carcinogens are absorbed through the skin—it is also highly unlikely for firefighters to get only one type of cancer.
—Dr. Grace LeMasters
Here you’ll find the latest information on the cancers impacting the lives of first responders. From articles and prevention tips to awareness training modules, PowerPoint presentations and screenings to workers’ compensation issues to national registries and organizations allied in support of firefighters with cancer, every resource you need is at your fingertips, in one place.
Firefighters are engaging in behaviours to increase resilience by working towards cultural change to reduce cancer risk, using social capital to increase networks and expertise, and utilizing internal assets to enact change.
3M Scott Safety has pledged $100,000 in charitable donations to the firefighter community over the next two years as part of a comprehensive cancer prevention and awareness initiative. The program reflects the company’s commitment to protect first responders; its first recipients will be announced at the¬†3M Scott Safety¬†Customer Event on April 25 at¬†FDIC International 2018. ‚ÄúThe long-term effects of carcinogen exposure to firefighters is a serious issue that must come to the forefront of our industry,‚Äù says Jeff Emery, global business unit leader, SCBA and fire solutions for¬†3M Scott Safety. ‚ÄúOne of 3M Scott Safety’s core values is to protect those who protect our communities, and this program gives us a unique opportunity to do that. With this initiative, we’re set to provide funding to like-minded groups who are building awareness, sharing best practices and working toward cancer prevention for first responders.‚Äù The new charitable initiative builds on 3M Scott Safety’s commitment to firefighter health and safety through innovative product development. 3M Scott Safety is known globally for its respiratory and personal protective and safety devices, including the new Air-Pak X3 Pro. The¬†Air-Pak X3 Pro¬†combines advanced material selection with an easy-to-remove harness for cleaning, decontamination and serviceability. The harness can be laundered at the station to minimize contamination. Additionally, the X3 Pro offers Bluetooth¬Æ technology for fireground connectivity, and comfort features that reduce fatigue and improve performance. Complementing initiatives such as sponsorship of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Fire Service Occupational Cancer Symposium, 3M Scott Safety’s donation will enable other organizations to join their fight in minimizing carcinogen cancer hazards facing firefighters. ‚ÄúWe’re continually looking for ways to protect firefighters on the job and during cleanup through product innovation,‚Äù says John Dinning, business unit manager. ‚ÄúWe’re excited to take this mission one step further and collaborate with others in the industry to raise awareness and share best practices that will help to extend the safety of firefighters everywhere.‚Äù 3M Scott Safety manufactures innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices to protect emergency services and first responders from inherent environmental hazards around the world. For more information, visit www.ScottSafety.com.
The objective of this study was to review 32 studies on firefighters and to quantitatively and qualitatively determine the cancer risk using a meta-analysis.
To examine exposure‚Äìresponse relationships between surrogates of firefighting exposure and select outcomes among previously studied US career firefighters.
FIRE SERVICE OCCUPATIONAL CANCER ALLIANCE
After the Diagnosis
FCSN provides assistance to fire/EMS personnel and their family members who have been diagnosed with cancer. They provide rapid postdiagnosis resources followed by one-on-one support from fellow firefighters—and they will send you a FCSN signature toolbox free of charge. It contains critical resources to help you plan, communicate and take action with your doctors, your loved ones, and your brothers and sisters in the fire service. FCSN has more than 120 fire service mentors with personal experience facing many types of cancer. FCSN mentors can provide newly diagnosed fire/EMS members with valuable information about a particular type of cancer, share their own experiences with testing and treatments, and offer valuable insight into the recovery process.Visit the FCSN
Fighting fires is a dangerous profession, and the danger goes beyond the hazards of running into a burning building.
Numerous studies show that firefighters’ exposure on the fireground, where smoke and hazardous chemicals are released from burning materials, may increase their risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. While the association between firefighting and disease seems clear, more information about these health risks is needed—especially with regard to the higher risk of cancer among firefighters.
To better understand the link between on-the-job exposure to toxicants and cancer, Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create the National Firefighter Registry (NFR).
Visit the National Firefighter Registry