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Firefighters More Likely to Develop Cancer Than Public at Large, Experts Say in Calling for Volunteers' Insurance

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Mindful of an evolving health crisis among volunteers, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York is calling for a 'presumptive law' that would provide volunteers with many of the health benefits afforded their career counterparts. Firefighters are more likely to develop cancer than the general population -- and those who do the job as volunteers often lack appropriate gear, are exposed to numerous cancer-causing agents in the line of duty and don't have health coverage associated with their work, experts said Wednesday.Mindful of an evolving health crisis among volunteers, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York...

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8 ways to protect against cancer with PPE

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Cancer-causing agents can reach a firefighter, even one in full PPE; here are simple steps to reduce your risk There was a time when dirty bunker gear was a badge of honor. In fact, firefighters often complained when they were forced to clean their gear and sometimes even became creative in finding ways to avoid having PPE appear newer. Similarly, many firefighters delayed wearing SCBA during a structure fire and removed their facepieces as soon as they could get away with it. Fortunately, these practices have diminished significantly. Yet, the dangers of firefighter exposure to carcinogens and other hazardous materials...

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Breast cancer is not just a women’s disease

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Bob, a firefighter and EMT didn’t realize he had breast cancer until he was in stage 3. He didn’t want to admit anything was wrong. “It’s that bravado, ego. We don’t go, ‘Hey, my boob hurts.’ You don’t say anything about your body because it just feels like whining.” He says he waited too long to have the pain in his right breast checked out. “I knew six months ago I had a problem. My nipple actually started to dimple.” After that he felt a lump in his chest. Luckily his wife, who is a nurse, insisted he get checked...

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Boys with cancer become honorary firefighters

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The dream of becoming firefighters was made real for two boys receiving cancer treatment in New York City on Tuesday. River Laurence, 4, and Trucker Dukes, 3, are both receiving treatment for cancer, neuroblastoma, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Trucker's dad, Josh, is also a firefighter in Hawaii. Trucker's family is here all the way from Hawaii. River's family is from Texas. His mom, Jocelyn, says the FDNY has made home feel all the more closer. While in treatment both boys had chance encounters with firefighters and the comradery only grew. Trucker's mom, Shauna, says she...

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