Firefighters and cancer. If you or someone you love is a firefighter, you are probably well aware of the risks and statistics of this valued profession. But did you know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a study on firefighter cancer rates, found that firefighters are more likely to be diagnosed with cancers of the respiratory, urinary and digestive systems than non-firefighters? While the exact reasons aren’t clear, some say it’s because firefighters are exposed to chemicals, contaminants and substances that are believed to cause cancer while simply doing their jobs – putting out fires. Also, mesothelioma – a cancer that has ties to asbestos exposure – is more common in firefighters than non-firefighters. Several states, including Ohio, have laws that are aimed at protecting firefighters – and some mandate that employers cover the cost of care and treatment. However, that care isn’t guaranteed. If you are a firefighter who is facing cancer, here are three reasons you need an attorney.