Jonathan Leake, Science Editor – February 25 2018, 12:01am, The Sunday Times
“New studies reveal the toll taken on fire crews, with much blame levelled at toxic fumes and soot left behind on uniforms.
Firefighters are suffering a hidden cancer epidemic caused by exposure to toxic chemicals that become embedded in their clothing or inhaled during fires, researchers have found.
The rate of deaths from cancer in firefighters under the age of 75 is “up to three times higher than in the general population”, said Anna Stec, professor of fire toxicity at the University of Central Lancashire.
In the general population, 25%-30% of people develop cancer before this age, with about half dying within 10 years.”