Firefighter Cancer Initiative Background…
- Two in every three male firefighters will contract cancer.
- One in every three female firefighters will contract cancer.
- One in every seventy in Southern Arizona will contract melanoma skin cancer.
Schedule a Cancer Prevention Screening or Consultation today!
FEMA 3 Year Cancer Study Dr. Wayne Peate, the investigator, is working with our University of Arizona partners on a 3 year research study to improve the detection and prevention of cancer in firefighters.
Ways to Add Prevention To Your Daily Life
Use dry wipes following fires, one wipe for the face, one wipe for the hands/arms. Use clean hoods in exchange for dirty hoods while still on fire scenes. Two steps to reduce exposure to carcinogens.
Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight, BMI 21-23.
Be physically active, e.g. brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Foods and drinks that promote weight gain
Limit consumption of energy-dense foods. Average
energy intake should be 125kcal/100 grams of food.
Avoid sugary drinks.
Eat mostly foods of plant origin: fruits & non-starch vegetables at least 600 grams a day.
Limit intake of red meat, no more than 300 grams a week. Avoid processed meat including bacon and ham.
Limit alcohol drinks, two a day for men and one a day for women.
Preservation, processing, and preparation
Limit consumption of salt to less than
2—5 grams a day. Avoid moldy cereals and legumes.
Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone.
Mothers to breastfeed. Children to be breastfed.
Follow the recommendation for cancer Prevention.
WellAmerica announces the arrival of the DermSpectra Total Body Digital Skin Imaging System in our office.
The imaging system is available to all Southern Arizona firefighters to receive FREE skin cancer scans.
A big thank you to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation and the Pima County Fire Chiefs Association for their amazing generosity of donating more than $11,000.00 each towards the down payment of the DermSpectra.
The total cost of the DermSpectra system is $115,000.00 and the Greater Tucson Foundation is still looking for donations to help pay for it. If you would like to donate, please click on the following link: https://tucsonfirefoundation.org/.
If you are a firefighter in Southern Arizona and are interested in having a scan done, please contact our office at 520-795-1098. Or, you can have it at your annual physical.
For more information on the DermSpectra, watch the following videos: