A joint cancer screening program for Valley police and firefighters that began in November has detected two cases of prostate cancer, two cases of skin cancer and a thymus tumor, but all were caught early enough to successfully treat, officials said at an April 4 news conference.
The fact is that fire smoke, which consists of minute particles, easily penetrates into the ensemble. And the problem is the unburned carbon that make up the bulk of those particles carry with them the toxic gases from the combustion process.
WTNH looked at the case of former Waterbury (CT) firefighter Dan Huften, who retired after a back injury and was subsequently diagnosed with Stage 3 Colo-rectal cancer. Huften reflected on the possible role that dirty hoods, part of the firefighters’ personal protective ensemble, might have played.