Brown’s Bipartisan Bill to Establish Voluntary Cancer Registry for Firefighters Clears Senate Health Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s bipartisan bill to establish a voluntary cancer registry of firefighters, passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. 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.

“Ohio firefighters put their lives on the line every day,” said Brown. “We should use all of the tools at our disposal when it comes to prevention and treatment of first responders who sacrifice their own safety to protect others.”

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. Brown’s bill is now up for a full vote by the Senate.