The Doctor’s View of Firefighters and Cancer

Dr. Thomas Hales, who led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) firefighter cardiac/medical fatality investigations for more than 16 years, discusses the scientific evidence linking firefighting and cancer and provides students with knowledge, tactics, and tools for protecting against cancer. In 2010, NIOSH began a four-year study that examined the relationship between firefighting and cancer. The study was led by NIOSH researchers in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the University of California at Davis; the U.S. Fire Administration provided financial support. Nearly 30,000 career firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco employed between 1950 and 2010 participated in the study. In addition to summarizing the results of this study, Dr. Hales explains how firefighters can reduce their exposures to carcinogens on and off the job and evidence-based screening tests for cancer that all firefighters should be undergoing. Legislative efforts to establish a Fire Fighter Cancer Registry and what firefighters can expect from this legislation are also covered.

Please join us for this event sponsored by Fire-Dex.


Presented by:

Thomas Hales

Doctor, CDC