Bill to establish firefighter cancer registry is signed into law

The Centers for Disease Control will track cancer rates among firefighters for the next five years

By FireRescue1 Staff

WASHINGTON — A bill that establishes a firefighter cancer registry has been signed into law.

Boston 25 reported that President Trump signed a bill into law that will track cancer rates among firefighters in order to collect more data in an effort to conduct more research on the issue.

"We can collect better data on the problem and better protect the firefighters who put their lives on the line for us every day,” Senator Elizabeth Warren said.

The Centers for Disease Control will collect details for at least the next five years, such as how long the firefighter has been on the job, how many calls they respond to and what type of calls they are.

“We're going to have the science that shows the link between cancer and the fire service, and hopefully this will help with the insurance and health care costs,” Boston firefighters’ union President Jennifer Myers said.


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