Working with the Durham Fire Department and funded by the Duke Cancer Institute, we deployed silicone wristbands on approximately 20 firefighters to capture exposure while at home and while working. We also were able to assess the impact of responding to a fire (or not) while working. Future work will include serum analysis of particular compounds. These exposure analyses will hopefully help bring clarity to why firefighters are diagnosed with cancer at higher rates, and at younger ages, than the general population.
To see our results discussed in the news, please visit the "Science Communication" page.