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Cancer threatens firefighters long after responding

Studies show firefighters have higher rates of cancer and other health problems, with higher risk of testicular cancer


By Paul Eakins
The Press-Telegram

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Thirty years ago, when David Ellis became a firefighter, he rarely considered the risks of the job once he stepped away from a burning building or another emergency.

Like most firefighters, Ellis was often in and out of the fire station many times each day. He might reuse the same turnout — his protective pants and jacket — throughout his shift.

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