Calif. firefighters' cancer presumed job-related

Active full-time and volunteer firefighters statewide who become ill with cancer can claim their disease is job-related without proving it


By Lora Hines
The Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Active full-time and volunteer firefighters statewide who become ill with cancer can claim their disease is job-related without proving it, as was the case of a Riverside firefighter whose funeral was last week.

California is one of two dozen states that presumes firefighters who become ill with all cancers and leukemia get the disease as an occupational consequence. The presumption, enacted more than 20 years ago, lasts up to five years after termination of service.

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