Cancer is an occupational disease of the fire service.

Since 2002, 54.8 percent of the names on the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall of Honor have died from cancer.

The toxic environments in which fire service members live and work have long been suspected to have an adverse effect on fire fighter health, and studies have backed that up.

Fire fighters’ skin is routinely contaminated with soot and toxins. Dermal absorption, besides inhalation, is a potential route of exposure of known fire ground carcinogens. Additionally, these carcinogens and hazardous particulates remain on PPE if not cleaned properly and consistently.

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