As a firefighter (career, volunteer-whatever!), our “workplace” is toxic. Even with the best gear and SCBA, we absorb carcinogens. Furthermore, prostate cancer is a prominent MALE disease. So as a firefighter you INCREASE your risk significantly. Numerous studies have estimated the increased risk of prostate cancer in male firefighters. Studies have found a 1.15-fold increased risk of prostate cancer diagnosis – meaning that for every 100 non-firefighters with prostate cancer there were 115 male firefighters diagnosed.