How the NFR Works
There have been no comprehensive, national data sources in the United States for studying the relationship between firefighting and cancer among all firefighters —until now.
The NFR will help researchers to better understand and reduce cancer in firefighters by matching the information provided by participating NFR firefighters with cancer diagnosis information from state cancer registries. This matching process will allow NIOSH to study the relationship between firefighting and cancer outcomes over time.
When firefighters sign up for the NFR, NIOSH researchers can match an individual’s NFR profile and work history information with any cancer diagnosis information in state cancer registries. This makes it possible to study the relationship between firefighting and cancer over time, even if cancer diagnoses occur in the future. Any cancer diagnosis information that is linked to an NFR participant is protected by the same safeguards as the other NFR data, including by an Assurance of Confidentiality.