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NY Sen. Pushes for Specialized National Cancer Registry for Firefighters


U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer receives his own firefighter hat from the Troy Fire Chief Thomas Garrett on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at the Troy Central Fire House in Troy, N.Y. (Eliza Mineaux/Special to the Times Union)

Michael Barasch, managing partner of the NYC law firm Barasch & McGarry, applauded NY Senator Chuck Schumer’s call for a special registry to track cancers among firefighters. “This is long over due”, said Barasch,  whose firm represents thousands of cancer victims who were exposed to the toxic dust at the World Trade Center.

“Thanks to data accumulated by the FDNY, we now have  proof that modern building materials contain chemical compounds which are carcinogenic. These materials are especially dangerous when they are on fire.   Policy makers throughout the country would no doubt benefit by having access to a cancer registry for firefighters.  It would help determine how to protect firefighters from specific diseases in the future,” said Barasch.

Read the full article: (By Claire Hughes, Times Union, August 8, 2016)

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