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Firefighters Learn How to Protect Against Cancer

Firefighter training in San Francisco now includes how to protect against cancer.

The Firefighter Cancer Support Network is a nationwide organization that educates firefighters on how to prevent and screen against cancer and if they are diagnosed, provides support to them and their families. The organization says that firefighters carry a higher risk of cancer than the population as a whole due to the amount and wide range of carcinogens, toxins and other potentially dangerous materials to which they are exposed.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) carried out research among firefighters in three American cities which were San Francisco, Philadelphia and Chicago. They looked at over 29,000 firefighters and discovered that the main cancers among them were of the lungs, the digestive system and the urinary system. However, in addition they had a rate of mesothelioma which was double that of the average in the United States, and that was probably due to asbestos exposure given the amount of asbestos present in older buildings.

If you have been diagnosed with any an asbestos related disease, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. To find out how we can help you recover for your asbestos related claim, contact the Law Office of Brayton Purcell, LLP  at  (800) 598-0314 immediately, or contact us online for a free consultation.