Speak Out!

August 03, 2005

THE ISSUE : Public health researchers at the Johns Hopkins University recently completed a study that found Anne Arundel County firefighters have a somewhat greater risk of developing cancer than the general public, but that the health problems of 17 firefighters who contracted at least one form of cancer could not be directly linked to training methods at the fire academy in Millersville.

The $25,000 study found that county firefighters who trained in Millersville between 1971 and 1979 were exposed to cancercausing PCBs when the Fire Department burned waste oil for exercises. But researchers stressed that the scope of the study was limited, and that they could not say exposure to the burned fuel led to the cancer cases.

The researchers recommended a broader look at cancer cases among the thousands of firefighters who trained at the facility.

YOUR VIEW: Should the county and state fund a more comprehensive study of the link between cancer cases involving Anne Arundel firefighters and training exercises in Millersville? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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