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Federal Agencies to Study Causes of Firefighters' Cancers
Date:5/2/2010

The United States Fire Administration, or USFA, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, recently announced a collaborative study to evaluate an increased risk of cancer among firefighters as a result of smoke, soot and other contaminants contained in burning buildings.

(PRWEB) May 2, 2010 -- The United States Fire Administration, or USFA, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, recently announced a collaborative study to evaluate an increased risk of cancer among firefighters as a result of smoke, soot and other contaminants contained in burning buildings.

The USFA is a division of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, and, as such, provides a national locus for fire and emergency response teams and individuals, and a resource to provide public information, training, technology and data used to evaluate fires or institute new studies.

A division of the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, NIOSH serves a number of vital functions in the U.S. workforce, primarily diagnosing and preventing work-related illnesses and hazards. It also maintains a Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, which combines a database with safety publications.

USFA Administrator Kelvin J. Cochran was reported as noting that the nation has lost too many firefighters to fire-related diseases and that the study’s primary aim is to determine “epidemiological oversight”; that is, how much more likely are firefighters to acquire certain fire-related illnesses and cancers than the populations at large.

The study, which will run for several years
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