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Firefighters Have An Increased Rate of Mesothelioma

In a recent published study, the researchers found that firefighters have an increased rate of mesothelioma.  The researchers found that firefighters have an increased rate of mesothelioma than the population as a whole.  The researchers looked at:

  • firefighters in Chicago
  • firefighters in San Francisco
  • firefighters in Chicago
  • firefighters employed from 1950
  • about 30,000 firefighters

and found that

  • “Cancers of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary systems accounted mostly for the higher rates of cancer seen in the study population. The higher rates suggest that firefighters are more likely to develop those cancers.
  • The population of firefighters in the study had a rate of mesothelioma two times greater than the rate in the U.S. population as a whole. This was the first study ever to identify an excess of mesothelioma in U.S. firefighters. The researchers said it was likely that the findings were associated with exposure to asbestos, a known cause of mesothelioma.”

Further information will be forth coming on occupational exposure when it is available and published by the researchers.

Mesothelioma is a disease connected to asbestos exposure.   Malignant (cancerous) mesothelioma – which has been closely linked to or is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers is a horrible and devastating rare form of cancer that occurs in the mesothelium – a thin protective layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs.

People who develop this rare form of cancer were most likely exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers while working in various industries to support their families. It is common for the development of mesothelioma to occur 20 or sometimes even 40 years after initial exposure to asbestos.

asbestos, mesothelioma, asbestos lawyer, asbestos law firm, asbestos attorney, mesothelioma lawyer, mesothelioma attorney, mesothelioma law firmAsbestos fibers have been used in the manufacturing of a wide variety of industrial and household products in the United States and around the world.  Mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure and second hand asbestos exposure.  And more recently, mesothelioma or lung cancer has even been found to be connected to people who smoke cigarettes.

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