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Sylvester Cancer Center wins $2M for firefighter research

by carlislewillard

Sylvester Cancer Center will get $2 million in state funds to study cancer hazards unique to specific firefighter divisions like the Urban Search and Rescue teams that handled the Surfside disaster.

The money, which Miami Rep. Vance Aloupis requested, will fund a mobile cancer-screening clinic and research on reducing firefighter cancer risks.

CDC research shows firefighters are 9% likelier to develop cancer and 14% likelier to die from it than the general population.

Sylvester’s Firefighter Cancer Initiative found male firefighters are likelier to develop bladder, thyroid and testicular cancer, while female firefighters face higher thyroid, cervical and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma risks.

– Jesse Scheckner, Florida Politics

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