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Firefighting is a dangerous profession, and a growing body of research and data shows the contributions that job-related exposures have in chronic illnesses, such as cancer and heart disease. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently undertook two large studies focused on firefighter cancer and concluded that firefighters face a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnoses, and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general population in the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/injury.html
More than 60% of occupational Line of Duty Deaths are due to cancer, according to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
Bipartisan bill H.R. 4625 to create a volunteer firefighter cancer registry