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For Immediate Release:
February 17, 2016
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Manuel Orbis Jr

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Miami-Dade County calls for funding of firefighter cancer research program


County Commissioners adopted legislation, sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, aimed at securing federal funds for a new research partnership between the UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County fire departments.

 The study was spurred by mounting evidence of the correlation between incidences of cancer and firefighting. More to the point, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that firefighters are at a greater risk of contracting cancer than the general population. In light of this information, UM/Sylvester established the partnership to better understand the risks of cancer posed to firefighters and identify ways of improving their health and preventing illness. The study, now in its first year, has received financing from the State of Florida; however, additional funds are needed to achieve its long-term goal. Consequently, Commissioner Sosa filed this resolution to urge Congress and the United States Secretary of Health & Human Services to allocate funding for this groundbreaking study.

“I applaud the Sylvester Cancer Center for taking the lead in addressing this pressing issue,” said Commissioner Sosa. “It is very alarming to me to see so many of our brave firefighters getting cancer. With this study, it is my hope that we learn how to protect them and keep them healthy for many years to come.” 

 Link to legislation: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2016/160293.pdf