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San Francisco Firefighters: Increased Risk for Bladder Cancer – Testing Underway
Date:4/19/2010

In April the San Francisco Firefighter Cancer Prevention Foundation initiated a bladder cancer testing program for active and retireed firefighters. The goal of this program is to test 1,000 individuals at the workplace or retiree events using the NMP22 BladderChek test. According to the foundation, this is the second phase for the program and results will be part of a larger study. The educational message urges men and women to know the symptoms of bladder cancer -- blood in the urine, urinary frequency and urgency.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2010 -- The San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation (SFFCPF) launched the second phase of its bladder cancer testing program at the San Francisco Fire Department Local 798 Retiree luncheon on April 5 – more than 150 retired firefighters were tested for bladder cancer with a simple urine test. The Foundation is offering active and retired firefighters free bladder cancer testing. With the support of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) urology department, voluntary testing of 1,000 firefighters and retirees will be available at events and battalion sites. Results from an earlier testing of San Francisco firefighters in 2007 showed an increased risk of bladder cancer among both active and retired firefighters.

The program is similar to the bladder cancer study in 2007 of the San Francisco Fire Department sponsored by the Foundation with support from the fire department and UCSF. Tony Stefani, founder and Chairman of the Foundation, explained, “We used a low-cost, urine test, the NMP22 BladderChek® Test that will be used again on-site at events and battalion stations. The test was convenient, easy to use by our EMTs, and fast. UCSF physicians will evaluate results and provide consultation for follow-up care.”

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