A new study from Monash University, ordered by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), suggests firefighters are more at risk of developing certain types of cancer, compared to the general public in Australia.
The study, led by Associate Professor Deborah Glass, from Monash’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, is the largest study of cancer risk and cause of mortality among Australian firefighters, both paid and voluntary.
The study was initiated by Monash 3 years ago, and was conducted in collaboration with an Advisory Committee comprised of AFAC members, trade unions, and firefighter volunteer associations. The researchers enrolled 232,871 active and former firefighters, and sought to compare the cancer risk and causes of death between firefighters and the general population.
“From the available data, it would appear that Australian firefighters do not have the same elevated incidence of all the identified cancers that have been found in previous overseas studies of cancer incidence in firefighters,” AFAC's Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Ellis, said in a news rele