Firefighters at increased risk of mesothelioma

October 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Some might consider firefighting an admirable career choice, but it also increases the long-range risk for various cancers and more than doubles your chances of developing mesothelioma, the rare but aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) studied the health history of almost 30,000 firefighters from three major American cities to complete its findings.

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