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Friday, November 10, 2006

Fire fighters might have to fight cancer too!

Yahoo News - Firefighters risk their lives each day as part of their job, but new research suggests they're at higher cancer risk, too.
In particular, researchers found that firefighters are more likely to develop testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma compared with the general population.
Firefighters need to take precautions when fighting fires, the experts said -- especially if they have removed their protective gear and breathing apparatus.
That's because firefighters' exposures to carcinogenic toxins "occur not when they are in the fire, but when they are in the vicinity of the fire," explained lead researcher Dr. James Lockey, a professor of occupational, environmental and pulmonary medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
The report appears in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
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