Men's Health Month
Did you know that June is Men’s Health Month?
Your Anne Arundel County Professional Fire Fighters work hard to raise awareness about men’s health by selling t-shirts to the community, with all funds going to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation.
Earlier this month, we presented a $20,000 check to the Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation at the National Cancer Survivors Day celebration! This amount was the proceeds from our fall 2017 Pink T-shirt campaign and will be used by the Cancer Center at the hospital.
Cancer is the most dangerous threat to firefighter health and safety today.
Cancer caused 61 percent of the career firefighter line-of-duty deaths from January 1, 2002, to March 31, 2017, according to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Heart disease caused 18 percent of career LODDs for the same period.
Cancer caused 70 percent of the line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters in 2016.
Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the general U.S. population, according to research by the CDC/National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH).
The cancers mostly responsible for this higher risk were respiratory (lung, mesothelioma), GI (oral cavity, esophageal, large intestine), and kidney.
How can you help?
You can help support our efforts by purchasing a tee shirt by clicking here. Remember, all proceeds go to charity!