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Prevalence of cancer amongst LFB employees

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour

Following on from MQ 2019/17638, Will the London Fire Brigade (LFB) start monitoring how many firefighters are diagnosed with cancer after their careers with the LFB ends, in order to determine whether there is the increased risk of a cancer diagnosis after firefighters leave LFB employment?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As part of the Grenfell Health Monitoring Study participants will be asked to give their consent to linking their future medical records with the study. Any consenting individual’s future ill health may be collected, and subject to review and evaluation at a later stage. Where firefighters give their consent for this there will be an opportunity to carry out research that may establish linkage between the firefighter occupation and cancers, both during working life and beyond retirement.