Studies prove time and again that first responders experience a higher rate of multiple cancers than the general American population. Learn how and why.
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Pinpointing the exact cause of cancer is extremely difficult

because firefighters are not exposed to just one agent. They are exposed to multiple cancer-causing agents. Because of the multiple exposures and the multiple routes of exposure—they inhale carcinogens, and carcinogens are absorbed through the skin—it is also highly unlikely for firefighters to get only one type of cancer.

— Dr. Grace LeMasters

After the Diagnosis

Finding out you or someone you love has cancer can be devastating. Receiving this diagnosis can release ever-changing waves of emotion including fear, anger, depression and hopelessness. This is normal and you are not alone. The good news is there are numerous resources available, all developed to support you from the moment of diagnosis all the way through each phase of treatment.


Here you’ll find the latest information on the cancers impacting the lives of first responders. From articles and prevention tips to awareness training modules, PowerPoint presentations and screenings to workers’ compensation issues to national registries and organizations allied in support of firefighters with cancer, every resource you need is at your fingertips, in one place.

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