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house Bill H.R. 931

Should There be a Voluntary Registry to Gather Data on Cancer Among Firefighters?

Argument in favor

The CDC should maintain a voluntary cancer registry for firefighters — they put their lives on the line for the public in dangerous situations and any insights that can be gained into the types of cancer threat they face would be beneficial.

Pesach's Opinion
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09/11/2017
As a sickened Sept 11 paramedic responder and life long EMT we are seeing highly aggressive tumors as well as other illnesses. We need a registry for all fireman who go into transformer fires with pcbs, and asbestos during building collapses as well as fiberglass damage from fires and building collapses. We need a national registry for all fireman and Emergency Medical Services. Please vote in favor
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09/11/2017
As with all our men and women who have volunteered to protect us, we must do all we can to protect these courageous people. Hence, vote yes on this bill,
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Jen's Opinion
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09/11/2017
Yes of course! This should have been done immediately after 911!
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Argument opposed

There’s not much to be gained from maintaining a voluntary cancer registry for firefighters across the country. This bill is unnecessary and the CDC should focus its resources elsewhere.

Dajul73's Opinion
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09/11/2017
Unless the government is going to require the CDC create similar programs for other hazardous jobs in the public arena then this is a senseless program open to biased, skewed data.
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Shauna's Opinion
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09/11/2017
The national tumor registry contains all cancer cases. This project would be redundant.
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Marilyn's Opinion
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09/11/2017
We can't have all these surveys and such. Just give them the best medical they need.
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    As a sickened Sept 11 paramedic responder and life long EMT we are seeing highly aggressive tumors as well as other illnesses. We need a registry for all fireman who go into transformer fires with pcbs, and asbestos during building collapses as well as fiberglass damage from fires and building collapses. We need a national registry for all fireman and Emergency Medical Services. Please vote in favor
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    Unless the government is going to require the CDC create similar programs for other hazardous jobs in the public arena then this is a senseless program open to biased, skewed data.
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    As with all our men and women who have volunteered to protect us, we must do all we can to protect these courageous people. Hence, vote yes on this bill,
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    Yes of course! This should have been done immediately after 911!
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    This should be passed. However I would suggest that it be mandatory and not voluntary, or that people have to opt out instead of opt in. Statistics are only truly useful when you have as much data as possible.
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    The national tumor registry contains all cancer cases. This project would be redundant.
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    I say yes, however it should include all first responders. Law enforcement and medics can also be exposed to dangerous chemicals, asbestos, etc. The CDC should maintain a voluntary cancer registry for them all; they put their lives on the line for the public in dangerous situations and any insights that can be gained into the types of cancer threat they face would be beneficial.
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    We can't have all these surveys and such. Just give them the best medical they need.
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    There is already a Cancer Registry with the American College of Surgeons. Add a blank for occupation. Solved.
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    All possible assistance needs to be available to firefighters as they risk lives for all of us. Affordable and comprehensive health care needs to be in place. The data collected from firefighters can be shared with others which is against HIPA. Also the data can be skewed by the number of volunteers. There is ambiguity concerning this bill that will need to be addressed before the purpose of the bill is met.
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    Yes this may be a problem, yes there are issues, but no we don't need to waste more tax dollars on another list
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    They may not want to be studied like rats, but if voluntary and you don't have all participating, data will be skewed. They receive hazardous duty pay. They wear protective gear. Why study firefighters over other professions?
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    They should because firefighters are exposed to extreme dangers during their entire carrier than any other public servant.
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    Collecting data is the first step to realizing and showing that there is a problem. Firefighters put their lives on the line, and we should be taking steps like these to learn more about their risks and what can be done to protect them.
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    In no way do I want to minimize the sacrifice the volunteer fire fighters give. However, this bill is not providing any service, healthcare benefits or such to the volunteer firefighters. It is simply a bill proposing a registry; paid for with tax payer money. We already have such a registry ~ the Electronic Medical Record. The EMR is a system that has been set up and can be linked into by others, like the CDC. If a volunteer firefighter is being treated for lung cancer, it will be listed on his medical chart, (EMR). The CDC can filter in the requirements of their search and obtain the same results. Why use tax payers money to pay for a system that already exists?
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    This may be a good thing but the scope of study is far too small. Incidents of cancer but no provision to discover the causes will do nothing to help prevent cancer in the long run.
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    This would help medicos in future treatment of these heroes.
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    As a cancer survivor, I fully believe in the need to understand as much as we can from all types of cancers. That said, I don't understand how a registry of firefighters with cancer would be of benefit. If this information is not already tracked by the CDC, it should be based on the types of cancers occurring and in conjunction with risk factors in the population as a whole.
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    Should be law, same as increased Parkinson's for firefighters and other first responders that breath toxic chemicals when responding to fires or accidents.
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    These individuals protect us. We should show them the same respect.
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