Breast cancer – an occupational decease among female firefighters


Recent research suggest a relationship between the exposure to hazardous toxic chemicals female firefighters are being exposed to in their line of duty and breast cancer. This might not come as a surprise but with firefighting being a predominant male occupation most studies regarding firefighter related cancer risk has been made on men.

Hopefully, we will see more studies on the subject in a near future that can help raise awareness of the risk female firefighters are facing while risking their lives protecting ours. And hopefully this will lead to women getting the same recognition and benefits as their male colleagues in case of a breast cancer diagnose.

Fighting cancer means waging a war on two fronts. One is to try and prevent cancer from developing in the first place and the second one is to help with cancer treatment. At RESCUE Intellitech we do our best to help with both. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have decided to support the Swedish Cancer Society and we encourage you to do the same, wherever you are in the world.

Related studies:

Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances in a Cohort of Women Firefighters and Office Workers in San Francisco

Integrating Exposure Knowledge and Serum Suspect Screening as a New Approach to Biomonitoring: An Application in Firefighters and Office Workers

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