• 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.

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    • Carool's Avatar

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

      about 1 year ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      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 year ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      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:




      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 year ago
    • OldGuy's Avatar

      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 crap. I wish them better health.

      about 1 year ago
    • Alemton1's Avatar

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

      about 1 year ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      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 ).

      about 1 year ago
    • bigjan1's Avatar

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

      about 1 year ago
    • bigjan1's Avatar

      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.

      about 1 year ago
    • banditwalker's Avatar

      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.

      about 1 year ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar

      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.

      about 1 year ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      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!

      about 1 year ago

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