Ohio Firefighter Study--Examining the Risk of Occupational Exposure to Smoke

Official Title: Occupational Exposure of Structural Firefighters and Cancer Risk


The purpose of this study is to better understand the association between occupational exposure to smoke and risk of cancer. The study is designed to study the exposure of structural firefighters in the State of Ohio to property fire smoke, and determine the link between such exposure and cancer risk. The biological burden (amount in the body - in blood) of environmental contaminants that are long-lived in the body and are emitted in property fire smoke will be used to estimate exposure to be used in the determination of its link with cancer risk: the amounts of this contaminants in the blood will be compared between firefighters in the state that have been diagnosed with cancer and those that have not.

Acute exposure at property fires will also be investigated by measuring environmental contaminants that are emitted in property fire smoke in urine and assessing work and behavioral factors that might contribute to increased exposure. The results of the study are intended to inform the development of effective exposure reduction strategies for structural firefighters.

Eligibility criteria:

You may be eligible for this study if:
- You have been diagnosed with cancer within the previous five (5) years, AND
- You are employed as a structural firefighter in the state of Ohio at the time of diagnosis

Contact Information

Dr. Olorunfemi Adetona