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Portsmouth (VA) Firefighters Question High Cancer Rate

More than 40 Portsmouth (VA) firefighters have died of cancer over the past few decades, according to estimates from association members, usually after retirement from the fire department. At least 13 other retired firefighters are cancer survivors or are fighting the disease. A report from The Virginian-Pilot today (http://bit.ly/xgaZDY) details how members of the Portsmouth Retired Police and Fire Fighters Association began keeping track of cancer-related deaths in fire department retirees and uncovered the pattern. At least one victim, Troy Tippin, asked a doctor if the disease was related to firefighting, but the doctor replied that he wasn't certain. The report details some of the f...

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