• I saw on the Nightly News tonight that the cancer rate for firefighters is 4 times higher than others

    Asked by downbutnotout on Monday, October 23, 2017

    I saw on the Nightly News tonight that the cancer rate for firefighters is 4 times higher than others

    Are any of you firefighters? Or someone in your family? I'm just curious as to why. All the report said was they thought it was from breathing the toxic smoke from the fires. I guess that would make sense. But it's terrible for them.

    12 Answers from the Community

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    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I Googled this and got one link among others: https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/404722/

      about 1 month ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      I looked a Carool's link.

      Dont forget that firemen get a massive dose of this why tf is it legal pollution but youare wearing it, breathing it, eating the poison too.

      It is truly criminal as to what manufacturers are allowed to do for their bucks.

      about 1 month ago
    • Firefyrter's Avatar
      Firefyrter

      Yes it is true, I was a firefighter for 32 years. A lot of the issue is from absorption through our exposed skin on our head and neck. The plastics that have been placed in our society are thought to be a major factor. The stuff that burns in our homes and cars now days is so toxic, even though breathing apparatus is still worn consistently, the cancer rate is skyrocketing.

      about 1 month ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Our local newspaper, the Columbus Dispatch, has been running an amazing series of articles this week on the cancer risk fire fighters face, due to the chemicals in fires, not being able to get gear cleaned, and the "old school" who didn't believe they needed to shower immediately after a fire. I was actually going to post this anyway. 3 chapters have run so far:

      http://gatehouseprojects.com/unmasked/home/site/dispatch.com#chapter1

      http://gatehouseprojects.com/unmasked/home/site/dispatch.com#chapter2

      http://gatehouseprojects.com/unmasked/home/site/dispatch.com#chapter3

      This take the perspective of a firefighter who has been kept on duty although he is terminal, and he is spending his time paying it forward by trying to education the current & next generation of public servants of the dangers they face and some ways to mitigate the risks.

      about 1 month ago
    • OldGuy's Avatar
      OldGuy

      I saw that on TV too. I never thought about it much, but I guess it makes sense that they would be breathing a bunch of XXX. I wish them better health.

      30 days ago
    • Alemton1's Avatar
      Alemton1

      I am an oncology nurse of 30 years and have seen a lot of firefighters as lung cancer and bladder cancer patients

      30 days ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar
      Lynne-I-Am

      I have no problem believing firefighters are more at risk. Several weeks ago I accidentally turned on the wrong burner on my stove, the one beneath the plastic cutting board, the stench and smoke was terrible. We had to turn on the stove fan , open windows and exit the house. No doubt that smoke was toxic. ( also, I learned not to place the cutting board on the stove ).

      30 days ago
    • bigjan's Avatar
      bigjan

      That's too bad, they have enough things trying to kill them in the fire, without this!

      30 days ago
    • bigjan's Avatar
      bigjan

      NBC is on a cancer story run. There was another one on tonight about attacking tumors based on the DNA of the tumor. They have developed treatments that attack it specifically. One man had tumors over 30% of his body and was stage IV with no treatments working. But this trial treatment made his tumors disappear.

      30 days ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar
      banditwalker

      Makes sense. All the carcinogens in the ash, smoke. Just one more thing they have to worry about. Look at all the responders from 911.

      30 days ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      Maybe we should have communities that are environmentally clean, use natural sources of power and grow organic foods. No driving, no cell phones, and we'd all have to go outside and play and actually go to bed when it's dark. There are green areas on the earth where people are healthy with this type of lifestyle. Wanna talk to somebody 30 miles away? Have them come to visit with only bare essentials. Fire? No problem. Live in another 'clean' home with solar energy, no plastics and thick stone walls for 'air conditioning'. Use the clean ashes for the garden.

      30 days ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      My brother in law is a fire captain who Hades the Haz Mat team in San Diego.

      For sure the cancer rate is higher! I've heard 4x higher and a couple of other variations on that. It's definitely something we worry about, especially since he also responds to the large urban wildfires.

      When we had our first one here in 2003 the fire dept didn't have enough face masks. There is a picture of him on the cover of the local paper on the front line trying to save a house with only a bandana around his face. Luckily they have invested a lot of money in the fire departments here since then, but it doesn't mitigate what he breathed in before!

      21 days ago

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