Members of U.S. Congress call for firefighter cancer registry
11:32 AM, Mar 8, 2017
CLEVELAND - A new bi-partisan proposal by members of U.S. Congress would create the first-ever national firefighter cancer registry.
The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and maintain a voluntary registry of cancer incidences among volunteer and paid firefighters.
The registry would help researchers identify the link between fighting fires and cancer.
"They would never, never not go into a fire because of a danger, even a danger down the road that afflicted them down the road," said U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of the bill's sponsors, during a news conference in Buffalo, NY last month.
The proposal currently has a total of 13 sponsors, including U.S. John McCain (R-AZ), U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-MI), and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ.)
The proposal comes after an exclusive On Your Side investigation revealed the link between fighting fires and cancer.