Every day firefighters are exposed to chemicals on the fire ground, the fire station, and in some firefighting equipment. The Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative is monitoring women fire fighters in the San Francisco Bay Area to learn more about what these chemicals are and whether women fire fighters are exposed to chemicals that have been linked in scientific studies to breast tumors.
The results from this study will help make fighting fires safer.
What is the study
The Women Firefighters Biomonitoring Collaborative Study will examine exposures to chemicals including carcinogens and chemicals that disrupt the body’s normal hormone function.
Why are we doing this study
Concerns about numerous cases of breast cancer among their colleagues prompted firefighters to ask about potential occupational exposures.
What is biomonitoring
Human biomonitoring measures the level of chemicals in human bodies.