Fund Cancer Awareness and Prevention Education
We have learned a lot about the challenges facing our firefighters since starting Last Call Foundation three years ago. Some of the most startling statistics are those related to firefighter cancer.
Cancer is a leading cause of death for America’s firefighters. Cancer caused 61 percent of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2016, according to International Association of Fire Fighters data. For Boston firefighters, the statistics are even worse than the national average. Cancer caused 67 percent of line-of-duty deaths for Boston firefighters between 2002-2014. Boston firefighters are two-and-half times more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than other Boston residents.
Firefighters have increased risk for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and multiple myeloma, among others. Many firefighters receive multiple cancer diagnoses. The need for cancer awareness and prevention, including aggressive annual physicals with early cancer screening, is vital.
Last Call Foundation is proud to support the Boston Fire Department’s ongoing health and wellness initiatives, including its aggressive cancer-prevention program. In 2015, the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) delivered its extensive cancer-prevention training to every Boston firefighter.
In 2016, Last Call Foundation collaborated with FCSN and Michael Hamrock, MD, to deliver FCSN’s training and Dr. Hamrock’s cancer-screening recommendations to firefighters across Massachusetts. Our other partners for this successful program included the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts; the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services; the Massachusetts Fire Academy; the Fire Chiefs’ Association of Massachusetts; and the Massachusetts Call Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Last Call Foundation continued our battle against occupational cancer in 2017 with support for FCSN’s popular cancer-prevention train-the-trainer program. Get details about FCSN’s support, awareness, and prevention services at http://bit.ly/AboutFCSN.
Last Call Foundation is dedicated to helping firefighters protect their own health and save themselves and their families from the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis.