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Can they extinguish cancer? Recent diagnoses spark firefighters’ effort

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After two Schenectady firefighters were diagnosed with cancer this year, almost all the members of the department shaved their heads to spread awareness and raise funds for their treatment. Unlike most workplaces, the diagnoses were a reminder of a frightening statistic: firefighters get cancer more often than nonfirefighters. Any one of them could be next. No one knows why cancer hits firefighters so often. Perhaps it’s the chemicals in the air when household plastics burn, ...

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