“Women firefighters actually raised concern about what they have perceived as elevated rates of breast cancer among their cohort in San Francisco,” said Jessica Trowbridge, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and lead author of the paper. “As a team, we decided to conduct an exposure study looking at chemicals that are potential breast carcinogens.”...
San Francisco is ideal location for this investigation because it has
more women firefighters than any other urban fire department in the
country. Women make up approximately 15% of the San Francisco fire
force, compared to about 5% nationwide. This is due, in part, to 1980s litigation and a consent decree that encouraged the department to hire more women and people of color.
“Women firefighters have benefitted from these well-paid, very
honorable professions and now are facing similar concerns about the
impacts on their health that studies have demonstrated in men,”
Women firefighters face high exposure to toxic ‘forever chemicals’
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