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In a three-year study completed in 2005 by the University of Cincinnati, researchers concluded that firefighters face a:
•102% greater chance of contracting testicular cancer than any other type of worker;
•53% greater chance of multiple myeloma;
•51% greater chance of non-Hodgkin lymphoma;
•39% greater chance of skin cancer;
•32% greater chance of brain cancer;
•28% greater chance of prostate cancer;
•22% greater chance of stomach cancer; and a
•21% greater chance of colon cancer.
"Firefighters are exposed to numerous cancer-causing substances," said head researcher Grace LeMasters. "I think obviously they have not got enough protection from that exposure. We feel that the protective gear that protects them from acute exposures, such as heat and carbon monoxide, doesn’t protect them from the chemical residues that cause cancer."