Join MSA and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network as we advocate for cancer awareness and prevention.
According to the CDC and NIOSH, firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14% higher risk of dying from cancer1. In fact, recent studies indicate that firefighters have a statistically significant higher risk for multiple cancers than the general population2.
The industry continues to respond as we learn more about the scope of the problem and the changes required in education, training, operations, medical screenings, and personal accountability, to effectively address cancer in the fire service.
There is, however, a significant preventative measure that has been identified that firefighters can take immediately: Use SCBA from initial attack through completion of overhaul3. Although this alone does not eliminate all risk, it is a significant safety measure that should be adhered to. It is advised that firefighters follow all recommended cancer prevention directives as prescribed by the non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN).
With the compelling research and statistics now coming to light, there is an immediate need to raise awareness of cancer risks faced by firefighters. Because of this, MSA is proud to announce a 3-year partnership with FCSN. Since 2005, the nonprofit has provided assistance and one-on-one mentoring to thousands of cancer-stricken firefighters and their families. FCSN also delivers extensive training on firefighter cancer awareness nationwide.
Helping to keep firefighters safe is at the very heart of what we do at MSA. With this newly heightened awareness, MSA is dedicated to supporting and promoting firefighter cancer prevention directives and initiatives. Our partnership with FCSN will help to support continued firefighter education and awareness.
Don't give cancer a chance! Join MSA and FCSN as we advocate for cancer awareness and prevention: please protect yourself; wear your mask from initial attack through overhaul.
For more information about key cancer prevention directives, please read the FCSN's white paper, Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service.
And remember... #KeepYourMaskOn!
1 Daniels RD et al. Occup Environ Med doi:10.1136/oemed 2013-101662,
2 "Taking Action against Cancer in the Fire Service," Firefighter Cancer Support Network, August 2013,
3 "Taking Action against Cancer in the Fire Service," Firefighter Cancer Support Network, August 2013,