Join us on September 9, 2020 from 2-3:30pm ET for a NAACCR Talk "Utility, Strengths, and Limitations of Cancer Registry Data for Firefighter Cancer Research"
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Research has demonstrated that firefighters are routinely exposed to many known and suspected human carcinogens including brominated flame retardants, PAHs, VOCs, benzene, asbestos and PFAS. While there is strong evidence that firefighters have higher risk for certain types of cancer compared to the general population, many details about cancer risk and risk factors remain poorly understood and subgroups of firefighters; including women, minorities, and volunteers, are understudied.
Evidence for excess risk of cancer comes largely from historical cohort studies with limited exposure information and often lack data on important potential confounding factors, such as smoking and alcohol use. And because the cohorts are identified mainly through employment related records, these studies may be susceptible to downward bias from healthy worker effects. These studies also e exclude the majority of firefighters, who are volunteer not career firefighters.
The aims of this session are to understand best practices for use of cancer registry data to this field of study, describe data access challenges and approaches, address approaches to improve exposure assessment and minimize impact of healthy worker effects, as well as become familiar with the development of the new National Firefighter Registry that aims to address the above gaps in information on understudied subgroups, such as woman and minorities, as well as volunteer and wildfire firefighters.
The National Firefighter Registry: Design and opportunities for collaboration with cancer registries
Miriam Siegel, DRPH, MPH; Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Cancer Rates among World Trade Center-Exposed Firefighters
Rachel Zeig-Owens, DrPH, MPH; Fire Department of the City of New York; Einstein College of Medicine
Preliminary Cancer Findings from the Career Firefighter Health Study
Ankura Singh, MPH; Fire Department of the City of New York
Utility, strengths, and limitations of cancer registry data for firefighter cancer research
David Lee, PhD, CTR; Florida Cancer Data System
Selection and analysis issues associated with linking pension data to cancer registries for the estimation of cancer incidence in firefighters
Gerald Harris, New Jersey State Cancer Registry
Training Specialist/Project Coordinator
Phone: 217-698-0800 ext. 9