The Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI) at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated by the NCI, aims to understand and address why firefighters are at increased risk of developing and dying of cancer relative to the populations that they serve and how it can be prevented. FCI addresses the cancer-related needs of the fire service. Our partnerships with the State of Florida, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, Florida Firefighter Safety and Health Collaborative, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have allowed us to be at the forefront of the national effort to address the excess cancer risk in firefighters.
FCI Mobile Clinic
The FCI mobile clinic program, designed to improve health outcomes for firefighters, launched thanks to the support of The Salah Foundation. The mobile clinic travels to South Florida fire stations to create more convenient access to cancer prevention and education resources for first responders, to include comprehensive health exams and cancer screenings.
2021 National Firefighter Cancer Symposium (NFCS)
The NFCS brought together members from the scientific, academic, firefighting, government, and labor/management communities to support the reduction of cancer risk in the U.S. fire service. Five hundred registered participants from 39 states across the United States and 10 countries around the world were in attendance.
Female Firefighter Cancer Study
Sylvester researchers published a Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine study that found that female firefighters are concerned about cancer, particularly breast cancer, hazardous chemicals, shift work, fertility, and pregnancy. These findings could help guide public health policy and future research.