Gov. McMaster signs bill to support firefighters with cancer, labels it as occupational disease

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill Tuesday that will support firefighters that have been diagnosed with cancer, according to Midway Fire Rescue.

The legislation will establish the “Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan” which provides a supplemental insurance policy once a firefighter is diagnosed with cancer. The benefits will help them be able to afford cancer treatments.

Studies show firefighters are twice as likely to develop cancer, and more aggressive types of cancer. They’re also diagnosed at an earlier age, according to previous reporting.

Studies also show carcinogens enter into firefighters bodies through their lungs and skin, and house fires are more like hazmat events because of the plastics and synthetics in homes today.

Midway Fire rescue shared the news on their twitter saying “Today, Governor Henry McMaster signed the S1071 Firefighter Cancer Benefit Plan into law! We can’t thank everyone enough for their hard work! We did it!”

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