NIOSH Study Says Firefighters Are More Susceptible to Cancer

A recent news report took a look at the study of firefighters and cancer being conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

CBS 2 Chicago talked to some area firefighters who contracted the disease early about the effect it had on their lives and careers. Lieutenant Andy Dina of the Naperville (IL) Fire Department was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 46, while Matt Montague was diagnosed at age 34 with acute leukemia.

The NIOSH study looked at 30,000 firefighters from three departments: Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia over nearly 60 years. Chicago firefighters are two and half times more likely to develop mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos, have a higher rate of digestive and respiratory cancers, and develop kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers far younger than the average.

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