“You Have Cancer”
These three words are perhaps the most dreaded that a doctor can say to any patient. A cancer diagnosis is always tragic, and tragedy has been mounting among volunteer firefighters. New York State is home to over 90,000 volunteer firefighters who sacrifice their time, their safety and, too often, their health in service to their communities.
Firefighters are significantly more likely to develop many types of cancer than the general population largely due to the high levels of carcinogens and other toxins found in burning buildings and hazardous environments. Effective education and better maintenance of equipment are essential to lowering the risk of cancer, but a simple fact remains: Firefighters are being diagnosed with cancer at a disturbingly high rate.
Learn more about this emerging issue on this page and support FASNY in its fight to get presumptive cancer coverage for New York State volunteers by contacting your legislators. Stand up with FASNY and fight cancer here.