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Cancer registry could help tackle leading cause of firefighter death

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By Alana Cerrone


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - When it comes to the alarmingly high rates of cancer amongst firefighters, there's finally some good news, and it comes in the form of a national registry.

President Donald Trump signed the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act that will allow researchers to study trends in firefighter cancer rates.

Providence Firefighters Union President Paul Doughty says there's a number of active firefighters in his department who have cancer and although they do their part on the job to get rid of toxins on their gear, it’s not always enough.

Up until now, there's been no way to analyze how many people have been diagnosed and with what type of cancer.

A glaring example is in Fall River. ABC6 visited their fire department last month where Michael O’Reagan pointed out fellow firefighters who have or have had cancer. He was one of three who all worked on the same truck and got the same exact cancer.

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