GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) A new study shows firefighters suffer from cancer at a higher rate than civilians.
That's according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Because of these findings, Grand Junction fire department has recently implemented new cancer prevention methods.
Each firefighter does a wet decontamination on scene once they're done fighting a fire.
This means they completely spray their bunker gear down and take it off. Then they bag them up and put them in the back of the trunk.
This issue hits home for GJFD since captain Brian Cherveny was diagnosed with cancer just last year.
"With Brian's diagnosis, that really woke us up as a department that we need to be doing more to protec tour employees from what we now know are the hazards of the job," said Ellis Thompson-Ellis, a spokesperson with the department.
According to the study, firefighters rate of testicular cancer is more than two times the risk than those of the general public.
The next highest was multiple myeloma which is cancer of plasma cells.
To see the full study, click on the link to the right of your screen.