Senate approves cancer registry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has passed U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) bipartisan legislation to establish a voluntary cancer registry of firefighters by unanimous consent.

Brown’s bill, the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create and maintain a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters. The data collected by the registry will be used with existing state data to better assess and prevent cancer among firefighters. Brown is urging the House to quickly take up the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act so that it can head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“Ohio firefighters put their lives on the line every day,” Brown says. “We should use all of the tools at our disposal when it comes to cancer prevention and treatment of first responders who sacrifice their own safety to protect others. I urge my colleagues in the House to pass this legislation, so that we can get this bill to the President’s desk.”

In addition to establishing the volunteer registry, Brown’s bill requires the CDC to develop a strategy to maximize participation, develop guidance for state agencies, encourage inclusion among participants and to seek feedback from nonfederal experts. The CDC would also be required to ensure the data collected is made public and accessible for research.