Why do firefighters experience higher risks for cancer? A California researcher plans to find out.

By Manola Secaira, CapRadio

Many Californians have seen firsthand how wildfire smoke makes living and breathing difficult. The short-term health impacts, ranging from asthma flare-up to irritation on parts of the body like the eyes and throat, are easy enough to understand. 

But experts say new research is necessary to understand the longer-term effects of regular exposure to smoke. 

“There has been a pretty strong body of literature focused on acute effects of wildfires and wildfire smoke,” said UC Davis Public Health Researcher Shehnaz Hussain. “When you start to think more about these long-term effects like cancer risks, there really is a very small [pool of] literature to date.”

Read more at CapRadio.