How a 10 cent wrist band is making North Carolina firefighters more aware of their cancer risk

  • Source: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
  • Published: 05/07/2021 12:00 AM

A 10-cent wrist band could help researchers give North Carolina firefighters greater insight into their risks of cancer. Occupational Health and Safety data reveals firefighters are nine percent more likely to get cancer than the general population. Why is part of a study between the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University, and North Carolina firefighters. As part of News 13’s Deadlier than Fire series and documentary, News 13’s got a look at the groundbreaking work and why it could have a national impact. “A lot of time firefighters are naturally inquisitive to where they want to get to the deeper answer,” explained Durham Firefighter Corey Miller. Miller’s curiosity sparked a letter several years ago. “And that partnership has been growing ever since,” said Miller. That curiosity has blossomed into a joint effort between Duke University researchers, Duke Cancer Institute, and Durham fire station four, just six miles apart, now collaborating for the first time.


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