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North Carolina Firefighters Test Wristbands for Toxin Exposure Research

Duke Cancer Institute will study groups for exposure

Natalia Wilson, FOX 8

GREENSBORO, N.C. (FOX 8) – Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham fire departments are partnering with the Duke Cancer Institute for a study analyzing chemicals that could put firefighters at risk for cancer.

Duke Cancer Institute will study what’s collected on the wristbands to get more concrete answers on what firefighters are exposed to. “We’re going to have one group of firefighters who wear a wristband continuously all day long and that will give us a longitudinal measure of their entire exposure history from sun up to sundown. We’ll have another group of firefighters who only wear the wristband when they’re going into a fire situation,” said Dr. Steven Patierno, deputy director of the Duke Cancer Institute.

The goal is to have 1,000 firefighters participate across the three departments. MORE

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