NIOSH Study of Mortality and Cancer Incidence

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Mortality and cancer incidence in a pooled cohort of US firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia (1950-2009)

For your information please find attached the link to a study that has recently been put out by NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).

This is the largest study ever done on firefighter cancer rates and it replicates the many previous studies that conclusively link firefighting to an increased rate of cancer.

This study validates the fact that Manitoba has some of the strongest legislation in the world supporting firefighters with occupational disease.

In 2002 Manitoba became the first province in Canada to enact legislation that recognizes the link between firefighting and cancer. Since that time eight out of ten provinces and two out of three territories in Canada have enacted legislation based on the Manitoba model.

Jurisdictions in the United States have also replicated the legislation that was first created in Manitoba and last year Australia became the third country in the world to create presumptive cancer legislation for its firefighters, again based on the Manitoba model.

President Alex Forrest had the honour of assisting Australia with educating their members and politicians and with drafting of their legislation. The legislation is also very close to being enacted in the European countries of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.