By David Mercer, Sky News:
Firefighters face a greater risk of developing cancer because of an “alarmingly high” level of dangerous chemicals carried on their clothing, researchers have found.
In the first study of its kind, experts at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) discovered firefighters were more likely to absorb cancerous gases through their skin rather than inhaling them.
The Government has been urged to take action after it was reported the cancer death rate among firefighters aged 75 or under was up to three times higher than in the general population.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) described the findings as “shocking” and said it believed firefighters’ kits were not being cleaned properly.
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