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Study Fails to Establish Link Between Cancer and Firefighting
Date:4/16/2009

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.

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The report may be accessed here: http://www.nlc.org/ASSETS/40F46B09F9954BB09EBDB32B92800A78/Presumption%20Report%202009.pdf

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
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