Firefighters now Fighting Cancer
They are the men and women who put their lives on the line to help fight fires. But new statistics show that an increased number of firefighters are now battling cancer.
The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine states that firefighters face an increased risk to develop several forms of cancer including testicular, brain, stomach, skin, and colon cancer.
Although there is no comprehensive national study, specific fire departments, like Miami-Dade County, the 6th largest in the United States have been studied.
Exposure to chemicals in everyday items like furniture, carpeting and insulation is a factor. Experts recommend firefighters get yearly physicals, keep their bunker gear clean, and always wear their air masks. Watch the video for the full story.
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