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Recent reviews and reports of cancer incidence and mortality in firefighters conclude that they are at an increased risk of a number of cancers. These include leukemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, male breast cancer, malignant melanoma, and cancers of the brain, stomach, colon, rectum, prostate, urinary bladder, testes, and thyroid.
Age‚Äê and gender‚Äêadjusted mortality rates of 34,796 male and 2,017 female Florida professional firefighters between 1972 and 1999 were compared with the Florida general population.
Firefighters are known to be exposed to recognized or probable carcinogens. Previous studies have found elevated risks of several types of cancers in firefighters
In this study of a Danish cohort, male full-time firefighters had an increased risk of being diagnosed with male-factor infertility in comparison with a random sample of employees. Results were less consistent when comparing the firefighters with a military reference group.
The Health Hazard Evaluation Program carried out a study at a fire service training facility to determine if airborne polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other aromatic hydrocarbons generated during live fire training contaminate and pass through the skin of fire fighters.
The evaluation of causality in cancers associated with firefighting presents problems common to other applications of occupational epidemiology in adjudication of individual claims for workers’ compensation
The Health Hazard Evaluation Program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) carried out a study of fire fighters’ exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other aromatic hydrocarbons during controlled structure burns.
Smoke has always been a problem for wildland firefighters. Research conducted in the 1960’s and 70’s on the health effects of smoke exposure was not conclusive.
A combined population of 30,000 firefighters from three large cities had higher rates of several types of cancers, and of all cancers combined, than the U.S. population as a whole, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and colleagues found in a new study.
To examine exposure‚Äìresponse relationships between surrogates of firefighting exposure and select outcomes among previously studied US career firefighters.
We found an increased risk for incidence and mortality of certain cancers in firefighters. Especially worth mentioning are the newly identified thyroid cancers and mesothelioma. We suggest improving technologies and education of firefighters to decrease their carcinogenic exposure and recomment special attention towards early detection of the respective cancers in this population at risk.
Urine samples were analyzed by high-performance liquid chromatography for 1-hydroxypyrene. A small but significant increase in 1-hydroxypyrene levels in the urine was found after the firefighting. This means that firefighting may cause exposure to PAHs.
Evaluation of Chemical Exposures during Firefighter Training Exercises Involving Smoke Simulant. If you use chemical smoke simulants during training exercises you should read this.