SCHUMER STANDS WITH BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS ... LAUNCH A MAJOR PUSH TO CREATE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY; FIREFIGHTERS’ CANCER RISK CAN BE DOUBLE THAT OF OTHERS DUE TO EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS.....
PoliticalNews.me - Feb 27,2017 - SCHUMER STANDS WITH BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS AT ENGINE 36/LADDER 13 QUARTERS TO LAUNCH A MAJOR PUSH TO CREATE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL FIREFIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY; FIREFIGHTERS’ CANCER RISK CAN BE DOUBLE THAT OF OTHERS DUE TO EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS—BUT NO REGISTRY TO TRACK & PREVENT CANCER IN FIREFIGHTERS HAS EVER EXISTED; THOUSANDS OF WNY AND UPSTATE FIREFIGHTERS WOULD BENEFIT
Vital Legislation Would, For The First Time Ever, Create A National Registry That Will Help Medical Professionals More Effectively Track And Treat Firefighters With Cancer; Firefighters Are Exposed To A Range Of Harmful Toxins And May Be At Increased Cancer Risk
Senator Will Say Legislation Could Help Save The Lives Of Our Brave Firefighters Who Put Their Life On The Line Everyday
Schumer Will Spark National Push To Protect NY’s Firefighters By Passing Cancer Registry
Surrounded by dozens of Buffalo area firefighters, and their family members, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today vowed to push to pass critical legislation that would, for the first time ever, establish a specialized national cancer registry to be managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The registry would improve collection capabilities and activities related to the nationwide monitoring of cancer incidence among all firefighters – career and volunteer. Schumer said firefighters in Buffalo and across Western New York and the country are exposed to a range of harmful toxins. Research has indicated that there may be a connection between firefighting and an increased risk for several major cancers such as testicular, stomach, multiple myeloma, and brain cancers.
“Our brave firefighters in Buffalo and across Western New York are on the frontlines, risking their lives to protect our communities,” said Senator Schumer. “And now with the ubiquitous presence of complex chemicals in our furniture, clothes, and goods, they are too often exposed to a caustic brew of toxins when fighting fires. Firefighters are also exposed to large amounts of chemicals when fighting industrial fires like the one that happened at the Bethlehem Steel plant a few months ago – and in residential fires, too, due to the extensive presence of potentially harmful chemicals in furniture, clothes, toys and more. When these materials burn and the chemicals are released and interact they can create a real witches brew of toxins that put our firefighters at real exposure risk. That is why it so important for Congress to pass this critical legislation to establish a national firefighter cancer registry, so researchers can better track, treat – and one day prevent – the potential connections between firefighting and cancer.”
Schumer explained that firefighters are exposed to a range of harmful toxins when responding to emergency situations, often as a result of the noxious flame retardants and other chemicals that are used in everyday items, from furniture, to clothing, and even children’s toys. Experts and scientists have repeatedly sounded the alarm on the danger of these toxic chemicals because they have been found to cause developmental delays in children from long-term exposure in addition to rare cancers in