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Office of Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement - Fire Captain Paul Frew and Fire Lieutenant Joseph Messia
RANDOLPH FIREFIGHTERS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN BLADDER CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM DUE TO GENEROUS LOCAL SUPPORT
RANDOLPH, MA, JULY 2013. Generous donations from local Randolph and area businesses enable Randolph Firefighters to participate in the annual bladder cancer screening provided by the Board of Health. This important program which was established to screen active and retired firefighters has been sustained since its inception in 2006. This year’s screening was made possible through the generous support from the IAFF Local #1268 Fire Fighters Union, Representative Walter Timilty, Manet Community Health Center, Lombardo’s Function Facility, the Lions Club of Randolph, and the Randolph Lodge of Elks 2130. According to the American Cancer Society, bladder cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in the United States. It is estimated that 72,570 new cases of
bladder cancer are expected in the United States in 2013. Bladder cancer is found mostly in men aged 60 and older and roughly twice as often in white men as in black men. The most common symptom of bladder cancer is blood in the urine though bladder cancer can occur with no other symptoms. Early detection is crucial. If diagnosed in the early stages, bladder cancer has a 95% five-year survival rate with treatment. The greatest risk factor for this cancer in the general population is cigarette smoking. People who smoke have 4-7 times greater risk than people who have never smoked.However, there are also certain occupations that are higher risk than others as well due to exposure to a variety of chemicals. Firefighters have double the risk of contracting bladder cancer. This is due to the increased exposure to mixtures of chemicals that are contained in fire smoke and building debris. Previous screenings have identified active and retired
firefighters with the cancer antigen making it possible for early intervention and treatment for these individuals. This year, the screening program identified seven firefighters out of the forty-one screened who had increased risk for bladder cancer. Thanks to the very generous support of the donors, we will be able to continue this program in the Spring of 2014. For more information, please contact Cheryl Cates, RN, MSN, Public Health Nurse at 781-767-1406 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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