Firefighters and Military Families Beware: PFAS Exposure in Firefighting Foam Linked to Cancers

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Firefighters & Military Families Exposed to PFAS in Firefighting Foam Face Cancer Risk

Did you serve as a firefighter or live on a military base? Were you exposed to firefighting foam that may now be putting your health at risk? PFAS chemicals used in this foam are linked to serious health problems, including various cancers.

What is AFFF and why is it dangerous?

Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant used to extinguish fires involving flammable liquids like gasoline and oil. While highly effective, AFFF contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are "forever chemicals" that don't break down in the environment and can contaminate water supplies. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to numerous health problems.

Health risks associated with PFAS exposure

Studies suggest PFAS exposure can lead to a variety of health issues, including:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Breast cancer

Firefighters and military at increased risk

Firefighters who used AFFF in their careers and military personnel living near bases where it was used in training exercises may have been exposed to high levels of PFAS.  This raises concerns about potential health risks for these groups.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that military regulations required AFFF use in training exercises for decades. This has resulted in PFAS contamination in soil and groundwater at numerous military bases across the country. 

While the Department of Defense is phasing out PFAS-based AFFF, the damage for many service members and their families may already be done.

Taking action if you were exposed

If you were a firefighter who used AFFF or lived on or near a military base for at least a year and have since been diagnosed with cancer or another health condition potentially linked to PFAS exposure, you may have legal options. Consulting with an attorney specializing in PFAS lawsuits can help determine if you qualify for compensation.

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We understand the complexities of PFAS exposure and the potential health risks it poses. If you have concerns about your exposure, fill out this form for a free case review. An attorney or their representative may contact you to discuss your legal rights.

Important Note: This post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Always consult with a qualified attorney to discuss your specific situation.



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