Navigation Links
Study Fails to Establish Link Between Cancer and Firefighting

WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A study released today titled Assessing State Firefighter Cancer Presumption Laws And Current Firefighter Cancer Research, found there is inadequate scientific research to determine a link between working as a firefighter and an elevated risk of contracting cancer. In the report, researchers from TriData Corporation independently concluded there is a lack of substantive scientific evidence currently available to determine that firefighters face risks greater than the general population.


The report may be accessed here:

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States and one out of two Americans will be diagnosed with it at some point in their lives. According to the report, of the thousands of cancer studies taking place from 1995 to 2008, only 17 studies looked at firefighting as a possible risk factor in contracting cancer, and no causal relationship can be found.

Twenty-four states have enacted presumption laws that allow firefighters and emergency medical service providers who develop cancer to qualify for workers' compensation and other benefits. Presumption is a legal concept that assumes certain illnesses - in this case, cancer - are work-related and compensable without employees needing to provide proof they contracted the disease as a result of their job.

"While we depend on firefighters for the critical role they play in the safety of our cities and towns, we must evaluate this issue objectively and scientifically," said Donald J. Borut, executive director of the National League of Cities. He continued, "This study demonstrates the need for more high-level research into cancer and firefighters. States should not pass laws requiring cities to take on difficult financial burdens with no clear scientific connection between illness and occupation. We suggest that all involved - legislators, governors, cities and firefighters - review this report and consider its findings as they discuss this difficult issue."

The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

SOURCE National League of Cities
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Kaiser Permanente Receives Top Marks in 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Study
2. Capgemini Releases New Study on Financial Impact of Masimo Noninvasive and Continuous Hemoglobin (SpHb(TM))
3. Study Shows Consumers With High Deductible Health Plans Are More Savvy About Controlling Costs, Improving Health
4. Medifocus Inc. Reports Improved Clinical Efficacy for its Phase II, Randomized Clinical Study for the Treatment of Early Stage Breast Cancer Tumors
5. UCSF, Stanford Study Reveals Neural Networks Targeted in Brain Diseases
6. Harvard Business School Publishes Case Study on Youth Villages in North Carolina
7. Harvard Business School Publishes Case Study on Youth Villages-Intercept in Texas
8. Study suggests that trouble sleeping leads to increased ratings of pain in cancer patients
9. Study Finds Discontinuation of Rosiglitazone Left Many Diabetes Patients Without Good Glycemic Control
10. Study reports success in treating a rare retinal disorder
11. Low Blood Sugar Events Increase Dementia Risk in Elderly Patients With Type 2 Diabetes, Kaiser Permanente Study Finds
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, ... treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic ... osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin ... companies that call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and ... This will restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... EB Medicine presented ... in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The awards honor the ... Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice. , “With this award, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... Las Vegas client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing ... Grove, in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm Slone Partners is pleased ... and genomics experience, as Vice President of North American Capital Sales at HTG ... leading the sales team in the commercialization of the HTG EdgeSeq system and associated ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or ... protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... India , June 24, 2016 ... Needles Market by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen ... Therapy (Insulin, GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, ... by MarketsandMarkets, This report studies the market for the ... expected to reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function ... the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep ... in balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: