HFBA Supports Women’s Health
The HFBA is proud to support raising awareness and funds for Women’s Health issues during the month of October. As firefighters we are quick to mitigate our patients’ health emergencies but far too often put our own on the back burner.
This year the HFBA is donating proceeds from our pink sales to Angels of Las Vegas, a local non-profit dedicated to helping children and adults who need support going through cancer and life threatening illness, as well as SAFE House a local Henderson non-profit that provides shelter, counseling, advocacy, housing assistance, and education to victims of domestic violence.
What are some of the latest statistics related to cancer in the fire service?
Cancer is one of the most dangerous threats to firefighter health and safety.
Cancer caused 66 percent of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from 2002 to 2019, according to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).
Cancer caused 70 percent of the line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters in 2016.
Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population, according to research by the CDC/National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH).