Firefighter Cancer Types 2023 (New)

Research on different cancer types that firefighters have an elevated risk for.

Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research , NDRI-USA, Inc. Authors: Walker S. Carlos Poston, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACE Sara A. Jahnke, Ph.D., FACE Maria DH Koeppel, Ph.D. Christopher K. Haddock, Ph.D., PStat®

Click on links below for studies:

  1. Firefighters and Breast Cancer

  2. Firefighters and Cervical Cancer

  3. Firefighters and Colorectal Cancer

  4. Firefighters and Esophageal Cancer

  5. Firefighters and Kidney Cancer

 Free Research Studies 

  1. Daniels RD, Kubale TL, Yiin JH, Dahm MM, Hales TR, Baris D, Zahm SH, Beaumont JJ, Waters KM, Pinkerton LE. Mortality and cancer incidence in a pooled cohort of US firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia (1950-2009). Occup Environ Med. 2014 Jun.
  2. Pukkala E, Martinsen JI, Weiderpass E, Kjaerheim K, Lynge E, Tryggvadottir L, Sparén P, Demers PA. Cancer incidence among firefighters: 45 years of follow-up in five Nordic countries. Occup Environ Med. 2014 Jun.
  3. Jalilian H, Ziaei M, Weiderpass E, Rueegg CS, Khosravi Y, Kjaerheim K. Cancer incidence and mortality among firefighters. Int J Cancer. 2019 Nov.
  4. Fent KW, Alexander B, Roberts J, Robertson S, Toennis C, Sammons D, Bertke S, Kerber S, Smith D, Horn G. Contamination of firefighter personal protective equipment and skin and the effectiveness of decontamination procedures. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2017 Oct.
  5. Dahm MM, Bertke S, Allee S, Daniels RD. Creation of a retrospective job-exposure matrix using surrogate measures of exposure for a cohort of US career firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.Occup Environ Med. 2015 Sep.
  6. Booze TF, Reinhardt TE, Quiring SJ, Ottmar RD. A screening-level assessment of the health risks of chronic smoke exposure for wildland firefighters. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2004 May.
  7. Andrew P.W. Banks, Xianyu Wang, Michelle Engelsman, Chang He, Andres F. Osorio, Jochen F. Mueller.Assessing decontamination and laundering processes for the removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and flame retardants from firefighting uniforms. Environmental Research March 2021. (New)
  8. Tiwari S, Sapkota N, Han Z. Effect of fasting on cancer: A narrative review of scientific evidence Cancer Science August 2022. (New)
  9. Fent KW, Toennis C, Sammons D, Robertson S, Bertke S, Calafat AM, Pleil JD, Geer Wallace MA, Kerber S, Smith DL, Horn GP. Firefighters’ and instructors’ absorption of PAHs and benzene during training exercises. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health June 2019. (New)
  10. Goodrich JM, Calkins MM, Caban-Martinez AJ, Stueckle T, Grant C, Calafat AM, Nematollahi A, Jung AM, Graber JM, Jenkins T, Slitt AL, Dewald A, Cook Botelho J, Beitel S, Littau S, Gulotta J, Wallentine D, Hughes J, Popp C, Burgess JL Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, epigenetic age and DNA methylation: a cross-sectional study of firefighters. Epigenomics 2021. (New)
  11. Dobraca D, Israel L, McNeel S, Voss R, Wang M, Gajek R, Park JS, Harwani S, Barley F, She J, Das R. Biomonitoring in California firefighters: metals and perfluorinated chemicals. Journal of Occupational  and Environmental Medicine  January 2015. (New)
  12. Sara A. Jahnke, Ph.D. Nattinee Jitnarin, Ph.D. Christopher M. Kaipust, Ph.D., M.P.H. Brittany S. Hollerbach, Ph.D. Brittni M. Naylor, Ph.D., M.P.H. Carolyn Crisp, M.P.H. Fireground Exposure of Firefighters: A Literature Review NFPA May 2021. (New)
  13. Sritharan J, Kirkham TL, MacLeod J, et al Cancer risk among firefighters and police in the Ontario workforce Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2022. (New)
  14. Young AS, Sparer-Fine EH, Pickard HM, Sunderland EM, Peaslee GF, Allen JG. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and total fluorine in fire station dust. February 2021. (New)
  15. Schaefer Solle N, Legros A, Jackson R, Rangan A, Beaver CC, Kling H, Khan F, Koru-Sengul T, Penedo FJ, Caban-Martinez AJ, Kobetz EN.  Understanding Cancer Survivorship among Firefighters: A Mixed-Method Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2023. (New)
Recommended Studies (Pay for) 
  1. LeMasters GK, Genaidy AM, Succop P, Deddens J, Sobeih T, Barriera-Viruet H, Dunning K, Lockey J. Cancer risk among firefighters: a review and meta-analysis of 32 studies. J Occup Environ Med. 2006 Nov.
  2. J Keir JLA, Akhtar US, Matschke DMJ, White PA, Kirkham TL, Chan HM, Blais JM. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and metal contamination of air and surfaces exposed to combustion emissions during emergency fire suppression: Implications for firefighters’ exposures. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Jan
  3. Keir JLA, Akhtar US, Matschke DMJ, Kirkham TL, Chan HM, Ayotte P, White PA, Blais JM. Elevated Exposures to Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Other Organic Mutagens in Ottawa Firefighters Participating in Emergency, On-Shift Fire Suppression. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 Nov.

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