On July 9, 2018, legislation was signed requiring the Center for Disease Control to set up a special cancer registry for firefighters. The National Firefighter Registry was born out of an increase in workplace exposure and cancer diagnoses among firefighters. Prior to the signing of this legislation, there were individual studies done, but no coordinated effort that allowed for observation of trends around workplace cancer risks for firefighters. With this new firefighter registry, a more complete picture can be captured.
The assigned federal agency in charge of collecting this data is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NIOSH are the experts in conducting occupational cancer studies to evaluate cancer incidence. The goals of this type of registry are to learn the types of cancer commonly diagnosed within this population, detect causes and assist in identifying new protocols that can be put into place to protect firefighters. The data will also be linked with state cancer registries to obtain further diagnosis information. According to the CDC, once this process develops fully, the de-identified firefighter registry data will be available to the public in order to:
Promote and Enforce Safety
Lead to Further Research
Better Firefighter Mechanisms
Inform Funding for Equipment
Since my son is a firefighter and I am not only a mother but a certified tumor registrar, the creation of this firefighter registry is more than welcome in my eyes. I am hopeful it will help us find answers to bring about necessary change to keep our first responders healthy as they focus on their community’s safety. And though the data has not been put to use quite yet, my son assures me there are common sense protocols in place to prevent long-term exposure to carcinogens. These include using proper gear, wiping off excess soot, changing clothes and washing immediately after exposure to fire, keeping bunker gear out of living quarters, and so on.
I'm interested to know if other states are starting to take part in this registry process? Leave a comment below to keep the conversation going!
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place virtually Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
Visit our booth to learn about our cancer registry careers and see if you have what it takes to join our team!
Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: ONLINE - VIRTUAL FORMAT
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
Follow the hashtag #AMCCBS to stay connected or visit their website here.
Where: Washington Hilton, DC
When: Mar 4, 2020 -
CHAMPS Oncology Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights
CHAMPS Oncology's Annual Meeting: 2020 Cancer Program Insights will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Register now to attend our free, in-person meeting.
What are the objectives?
Review NEW CoC Standards.
Receive NEW Compliance at a Glance Tool.
Ensure you're prepared for your first quarter cancer committee.
Who should attend?
Certified Tumor Registrars (CTRs)
Cancer Service Line Leaders
Cancer Committee Members
Follow #CHAMPSAnnualMeeting to stay connected.
Can't attend in person? Downloadable version and CEs will be available for purchase.
Kelly is what people would call a "boomerang employee" — someone who leaves a company and later returns to work for the company again. But, as she explains in this #OncologyOutlook blog, that isn't a bad thing and it actually helped her further appreciate everything CHAMPS Oncology has to offer: https://bit.ly/341yGbx
Make sure you're continuing with your cancer screenings during the #COVID19 pandemic — That's the message CHAMPS Oncology vice president Karen Schmidt has for everyone during these uncertain times. Watch her video message acknowledging September's cancer awareness months.