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We Urge Firefighters & Soldiers Suffering Cancer Diagnoses from AFFF Firefighting Foam to Request a Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluation
AFFF has been widely used at a variety of facilities for both training and emergency response purposes, including airports, military bases, firefighting training facilities, oil and gas refineries, and petroleum and chemical bulk storage facilities.
Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
PFAS in AFFF is toxic and carcinogenic to humans, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
AFFF’s ability to extinguish hydrocarbon fires effectively and efficiently has led to its widespread use anywhere liquid and gas-based fires occur—however, the use of AFFF has released PFAS into the environment in mass quantities and in an uncontrolled manner.
Due to its ability to persist in the environment, PFAS can travel long distances in groundwater without breaking down–this can lead to the contamination of drinking water supplies.
How PFAS from AFFFs Enter the Human Body
Environmental investigations at military bases, airports, and firefighting training facilities have indicated PFAS in nearby drinking water supplies.
In addition, firefighters and other individuals using AFFF in training and emergency scenarios are vulnerable to PFAS exposure through:
-Ingestion of foam during application.
AFFF is known to cause the following types of cancers & conditions: kidney cancer, liver cancer, ulcerative colitis, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer, and thyroid cancer.
What Firefighters and Soldiers Must Know About Breast Cancer
Out of all occupational groups, both male and female firefighters and soldiers are among the most susceptible to breast cancer caused by AFFF and PFAS.
Despite mounting concern about cancer among male firefighters, few studies have assessed Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) exposures or cancer risk among women firefighters, many of whom are concerned about the potential increased risk of breast cancer and other reproductive cancers.
Two studies have examined the incidence of breast cancer among women firefighters:
-One study found that women firefighters had higher incidence and mortality rates of breast cancer compared to the general US population.
-A study of Florida firefighters found that women firefighters had an increase in overall cancer risk and, in particular, an increased incidence of breast cancer compared to the general Florida population.
We believe victims of AFFF firefighting foams—and the families who suffer with them—should have every opportunity to address the manufacturers and get the compensation and justice they deserve.
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