Female firefighters battle for cancer coverage equal to male counterparts

Leah Kosolofski’s journey through occupation-related cancer began last year when she developed lower abdominal discomfort followed by the discovery of blood in her urine.
After undergoing tests with no definitive diagnosis, the 28-year firefighting veteran visited a urologist and was diagnosed with bladder cancer. The tumour was removed and she began her recovery, which included battling depression and educating health-care providers about cancer related to firefighting.

In the months after her surgery, Kosolofski, who is now cancer-free, took note of the number of female firefighters battling cancer, particularly those who’ve worked in the profession for 20 or 30 years.

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