“The IARC working group found that “occupational exposure as a fire fighter causes cancer.” The IARC found sufficient evidence for cancer in humans for mesothelioma and bladder cancer, and limited evidence for several other cancers.
For decades, the IARC had classified fire fighter occupational exposures as “Group 2B” meaning the exposures were “possibly” carcinogenic. The new classification, “Group 1 – carcinogenic to humans,” now puts firefighting on a par with tobacco and benzene.”
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