Battling flames 'massively increases firefighters' exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens'

SWNSPublished: October 18, 2017Updated: October 19, 2017
Published: October 18, 2017Updated: October 19, 2017

Firefighters can have more than five times as many cancer causing chemicals in their bodies after tackling a blaze, warns new research.

The toxic chemicals more than quadruple the potential for DNA damage that triggers cancer, according to the study.

And the chemicals get in through their skin - rather than inhalation -meaning firefighters may need to get a decontaminating wash down as soon as they return from a job.

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