New Firefighter Cancer Registry Will Help to Monitor Cancer Incidents

(Released 19 July 2018) On July 7, President Trump signed the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2018. The Act requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and maintain a voluntary registry of firefighters. The registry will include the number and type of fires each firefighter attended.

Information in the registry will be used to improve monitoring of cancer incidents among firefighters and to collect and publish information about the occurrences of cancer among this population. Registry data will be available for research for free if the findings of the research are made public.

The CDC will:

  • Develop a strategy to encourage firefighters’ participation in the registry.
  • Develop guidance for states and firefighting agencies about the registry.
  • Include data on minority, female and volunteer firefighters.
  • Seek feedback on the registry from non-federal experts.

For more information on firefighter cancer awareness and prevention, and resources for families, visit the Firefighter Cancer Support Network's website.

Released by the U.S. Fire Administration. Click here for source.