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UM to study why so many PB firefighters get cancer

UM to study why so many PB firefighters get cancer

Guy Roper, a district chief with Palm Beach Fire Rescue, was optimistic after doctors told him he was anemic. "Guess I'll just have to eat more meat," he thought. But after a few more tests, he learned he had leukemia, even though he had no family history or risk factors. He was 33 at the time, and doctors gave him a 30 percent chance of lasting three months. That was eight years ago, following a successful bone marrow transplant. According to a 2013 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, firefighters have a higher risk of digestive, oral, respiratory, and urinary system cancers than the general population. Statistics compiled by the...

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