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Despite the high risk of trauma during fires and other emergency activities, sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of on-duty death among the 1 100 000 firefighters in the USA
Although the association between firefighting and testicular cancer risk is based on only small numbers of exposed subjects in this study, the finding is consistent with a recent cohort study from New Zealand. Occupational hazards experienced by firefighters may increase the risk of testicular cancer.
Australian male volunteer firefighters have a reduced risk of mortality and cancer incidence compared with the general population. Death from ischaemic heart disease was associated with increased attendance at fires in internal analyses. Prostate and kidney cancer incidences were raised, and the latter was associated with attendance at incidents.
The results showed that firefighters had approximately 20% increased risk of prostate cancer, somewhat lower than the previous two meta-analyses found. However, occupational title may be an inaccurate measure of carcinogenic exposures and thus lead to ‚Ä¶