The Fire Foundation will provide over 1,800 Arizona firefighters with free skin cancer testing and cardiac screenings, helping to prevent two of the leading causes of death among First Responders.
The Tucson Fire Foundation recently spent over $100,000 to build it’s skin cancer prevention capability. Starting in May of 2017, The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation will join only two other organizations nationally – the Mayo Clinic and Walter Reed Memorial Hospital – that offers cancer screening with DermSpectra technology. Through our newly purchased equipment, we’ll be able to more effectively diagnose skin cancer and enable earlier treatment.
The southwest is number has the highest rate of skin cancer in the US and is number two worldwide, behind only Perth Australia. Skin cancer is most prevalent cancer among firefighters, who are three times more likely than the general population to get skin cancer. As the Fire Foundation welcomes it’s first DermaSpecta screening in May 2017, we’re encouraging our community to join our 2017 Wellness campaign and help us provide skin cancer screening at no cost to our over 1,800 firefighters.