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Among 19309 male firefighters eligible for the study, there were 1333 cancer deaths and 2609 cancer incidence cases. Significant positive associations between fire-hours and lung cancer mortality and incidence were evident.
The best way to solve this problem is to have someone start examining these plastics and ban some of them. Even with no fire, we are surrounding ourselves with this stuff that is bad for us
I'm not trying to sound insensitive but was/is he still employed as a firefighter when diagnosed? Does he have life insurance through his employer? It's very unusual for a firefighter not to have life insurance because it is a very hazardous job.
Another note, are those stats of cancer rates and death rates, if I read them correctly, not a high survival rate from cancer, like around 50%? Not good.
The Real Danger of Vinyl Siding
Even a small house fire that affects the vinyl siding will lead to the release of a host of health dangers due to toxic chemicals known to severely damage lung and kidney tissue. "Your biggest concern is if the house catches fire. Even the ash is dangerous," said Caplan. He added that the binders in vinyl siding are also affected by ultraviolet light and oxidation. "We see that with all kinds of plastics," he said.
That said, heat and severe weather may have also played a part in numerous reports in 2006 of illnesses affecting Hurricane Katrina evacuees who were placed in FEMA trailers. Most, if not all of the trailers were vinyl-sided. People working in or living near a vinyl manufacturing plant are exposed to the most health dangers and are at the greatest risk for cancer, neurological damage, birth defects and lung and kidney disease.
Vinyl is most dangerous when being manufactured and during disposal. Vinyl in a landfill can be a threat to groundwater via release of dioxins and other toxins as the material breaks down.