California Fire Volunteer
Aug 15, 2023
Emma Andrus, Assistant Editor
The study is the first large study to assess skin cancer screening efforts aimed at volunteer firefighters in the US.
A study1 published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that among volunteer firefighters in the United States, there are gaps in skin cancer prevention efforts.
Among firefighters, rates of melanoma incidence and mortality are higher than that of the general population.2 This can be attributed to excess occupational exposure to ultraviolet rays and cancer-causing agents found in flame retardants.3 Due to this, the National Fire Protection Association explicitly recommends that firefighters undergo an annual skin cancer screening and skin check.READ MORE