We want your opinions

May 24, 2006

ISSUE:

After a study last year by Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health uncovered 17 cancer cases among Anne Arundel County firefighters who trained in the 1970s, local officials have petitioned for a national study of cancer among firefighters.

Last week, prodded by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said it would fund a training program to analyze the cancer risk to firefighters exposed to toxins.

County officials hope this could be a precursor to the more expansive study. They say a federally funded study would provide the most reliable results, not only for Anne Arundel County but also for dozens of communities nationwide that are investigating potential cancer clusters in their local fire departments.

YOUR VIEW:

Is funding a national cancer study the best way to protect the health of firefighters?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published on Sunday.

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