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Firefighter Occupational Diseases

/ 97.3 The Eagle

The B-C government says it will move ahead with an amendment to expand the types of cancer that are considered as occupational diseases for firefighters. It will add breast cancer, prostate cancer and multiple myeloma to the Firefighters Occupational Disease Regulation under the Workers Compensation Act. That means firefighter who develop those diseases after a certain period of employment are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits without having to provide evidence that the cancer is work-related. The province already recognizes a range of cancers, including lung, bladder, kidney and leukemia as occupational diseases for firefighters

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