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Suncoast firefighters participate in special cancer screening

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BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Suncoast firefighters will take part in a special screening involving Cancer Dogs at Manatee Technical College today. 

The first responders will breathe into masks, which will then be sent to an organization in Canada called "Cancer Dogs."

The group uses specially trained dogs that sniffs the masks to see if they detect cancer.

"The dogs can detect cancer the size of a pinhead where doctors can only detect the cancer the size of a post-it stamp. So they can catch the cancer a lot earlier," said Willie Circone, project coordinator.

Circone continued saying in the United States, firefighters are more prone to cancer than probably any other occupation.

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