MEP Pavel Poc (S&D, CZ) and the Members Against Cancer (MAC) Group, in association with Fire Safe Europe, hosted this event on 28 September to find solutions to occupational cancer in firefighters.
Cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths amongst fire fighters, accounting for approximately 60% of all deaths. The proportion of cancer deaths had been growing steadily from the 1970s to the present, in tandem with the increase in synthetics and plastics in homes and buildings.
A study of 16,422 Nordic firefighters, led by Prof Eero Pukkala, Director for Research at Finnish Cancer Registry, showed an increased risk of prostate cancer, skin melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer, multiple myeloma and adenocarcinoma of the lung, as well as mesothelioma.
Dr. Anna Stec, Assoc. Professor at the University of Central Lancashire, led a study on firefighters and their work environment in the UK showing dangerous levels of exposure to carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).
Dr. Ondřej Májek of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic (ÚZIS ČR), together with Assoc. Professor Ladislav Dušek, Director of ÚZIS ČR, will present the possibilities of the Czech National Healthcare Information System (mortality long-term analysis, 100% of cancer diagnoses and all other chronic diseases, morbidity statistics). The key issue is data protection standards.
This meeting has brought together experts, legislators, firefighters and more to discuss this issue and explore solutions.
This event is kindly supported by Borealis.
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