WORLD FIRST: TASMANIA ADDS FEMALE-SPECIFIC CANCERS

Tasmania has introduced a new bill that expands the types of cancer covered by workers' compensation for firefighters.

The bill adds eight new types of cancer to the existing list of 12, including cancers specific to women.

The added cancers are: cervical, ovarian, penile, thyroid, pancreatic, skin, lung cancers, and malignant mesothelioma.

This bill could make Tasmania the first place in the world to include uterine cancer in presumptive injury legislation for firefighters.

The legislation aims to protect firefighters, both male and female, from cancers that can result from exposure to harmful substances they encounter while fighting fires.

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