Firefighters are more likely to have cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Looking at adult male firefighters from the California Cancer Registry between 1988 and 2007, the study found out that firefighters were found to have increased risks for several cancers, including:
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Multiple myeloma
- Cancers of the esophagus, prostate, brain, and kidney.
Researchers added that Black and Hispanic firefighters face a higher risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, and cancers of the tongue, testis, and bladder than their white counterparts.
The study was published online in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
Read the abstract or view the NIOSH press release.