Trial by Fire

The flames may be extinguished, but for firefighters, the real damage could be exposure to harmful toxins released in a blaze.

Amid a debate over the link between firefighting and cancer, more fire departments are following cancer prevention protocols, like keeping air masks on after a fire is out and cleaning skin and fire gear at the scene before returning to the firehouse.

Annual medical screenings are also critical, says Jyoti Patel, a lung cancer specialist at University of Chicago Medicine. “ … I’m of the opinion that it’s not as simple as just using baby wipes and developing better equipment.”

Chicago Tribune

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