April 30: Presumptive Cancers for Firefighters Expanded

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The province added six cancers to the list of those presumed to be related to the work of firefighters. So it’ll be easier for firefighters to qualify for benefits under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. The extension of presumptive status will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 1960, and apply to full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters and fire investigators. Breast and testicular cancer, and multiple myeloma will be added to the list immediately; prostate, lung and skin cancer will be phased in by 2017.