For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2015

Media Contact:
Michelle Fayed


MDFR initiates ground breaking cancer study

(MIAMI, May 12, 2015) – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are joining forces to conduct a long term research study into the cancers afflicting firefighters.

MDFR will be the first fire rescue department to participate in the study which will include the new firefighter recruit class as the first control group. Recruits will provide doctors with family, work, and any other pertinent medical history to establish a baseline. They will then be monitored throughout their careers with routine screenings.

Dr. David Lee, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami, approached MDFR to conduct this study due to the high number of firefighters they’ve treated at the UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. This study is the first of its kind.

WHO:              Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and University of Miami Comprehensive Cancer Center
WHAT:            Firefighter Cancer Research Study

WHEN:            Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE:         Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Training Center
                        9300 NW 41 Street
                        Doral, FL 33178


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9300 N.W. 41str Street Miami, Florida 33178
(786) 331-5200