Mobilizing retired fire service personnel to teach the lifesaving advantage of early cancer detection.

DetecTogether, a local nonprofit, has been working with former firefighters to ensure the men and women who work hard to protect others are looking after themselves, too. DetecTogether teaches firefighters, who have a higher risk of cancer, how to recognize the warning signs of cancer early and be active partners in their healthcare during Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month and all year.

“I did not choose to be an expert on firefighter cancer, but unfortunately, I am. I think the more we educate people, the more people will understand this… I caught my cancer early enough to live, but not early enough to do the job that I love.” Joanie Cullinan, Firefighter [RET], cancer survivor

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