Schumer backs bill to create national firefighter cancer registry

ALBANY U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is joining a push for a national cancer registry for firefighters something that many local departments have fought for since the initiative was introduced earlier this year.

Schumer is co-sponsoring a bi-partisan bill in the Senate that would, for the first time ever, establish a specialized national cancer registry to be managed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because firefighters are exposed to a range of harmful toxins that make them more susceptible to major cancers including stomach, testicular, multiple myeloma and brain cancers Schumer said they would benefit from a nationwide database that improves monitoring of cancer incidences among career and volunteer members.

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