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Study shows cancer rate increase among firefighters

A new study says cancer rates among firefighters are increasing.

It’s the toxic and often carcinogenic soot that’s left behind on firefighter’s gear and sometimes even the firefighter, according to the study. That’s a big reason why firefighters are being urged to rinse off gear and clean it several times after each fire.

The new protocols were established by the state office of fire prevention.

WHEC-TV reports that new data shows cancer rates among firefighters are 9% higher than in the general population, according to studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.