Fire Fighting in Canada

Cancer in firefighters: What needs to be done?

December 16, 2019  By Laura Aiken

Firefighters face an increased risk of cancer. Practices to reduce this risk, such as gross decon and the use of wipes are becoming more widespread alongside technologies like cleaner cab. Presumptive cancer legislation is also expanding in various parts of Canada. What needs to be done next and what do firefighters need to know about caring for their health? Dr. Kenneth Kunz, a medical oncologist and passionate advocate for firefighter cancer care, joins Tom DeSorcy, the fire chief in Hope, B.C., for a conversation that imparts an important message for the fire service on how to protect the health of those who protect the public.

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