The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), has evaluated the carcinogenicity of occupational exposure as a firefighter.
A Working Group of 25 international experts, including 3 Invited Specialists, from 8 countries was convened by the IARC Monographs programme for a meeting in Lyon.
After thoroughly reviewing the available scientific literature, the Working Group classified occupational exposure as a firefighter as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), on the basis of sufficient evidence for cancer in humans.
A summary of the final evaluations has now been published online in The Lancet Oncology. The detailed assessment will be published in 2023 as Volume 132 of the IARC Monographs.
Demers P, DeMarini D, Fent K, Glass D, Hansen J, Adetona O, et al.
Carcinogenicity of occupational exposure as a firefighter
Lancet Oncol, Published online 30 June 2022;