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By David Unze
St. Cloud Times 

Firefighters fight another danger: Cancer


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — It used to be a badge of honor for old-time firefighters.

Let's see how dirty we can get our turnout gear before we have to break down and get it cleaned.

Recent studies have shown how potentially dangerous that was, the St. Cloud Times ( ) reported. And those studies are prompting more departments to invest in extra sets of turnout gear and "extractors" that wash the gear firefighters wear to remove harmful carcinogens, soot and other chemicals that firefighters come into contact with when fighting fires.

Those preventative measures co...

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