Firefighters and Cancer: Understanding Risk Factors within an Environment of Change

Numerous scientific studies have documented higher incidence and mortality rates of various forms of cancer among firefighters with some studies examining causative forces and others emphasizing prevention strategies (Daniels, 2014; Daniels, 2015; Pukkala, 2014; ZeigEowens, 2011; Ma, 2006; LeMasters, 2006). This growing body of literature has fuelled various policy discourses related to wellness programs, improved technology, enhanced education and training, and more contentious, presumptive cancer health insurance designations.

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