What Types of Cancer Can AFFF Exposure Cause?

Firefighters using foam on a fire

High concentrations of toxic chemicals like PFAS, PFOA, and PFOS can build up in the body over time, causing a number of adverse health effects, particularly cancer. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Studies indicate that PFOA and PFOS can cause reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney, and immunological effects in laboratory animals. Both chemicals have caused tumors in animals.”

People at increased risk of cancer from AFFF exposure and environmental contamination include:

  • Military, civilian, and volunteer firefighters
  • Airport personnel
  • Highway emergency response teams
  • Employees at oil refineries, offshore drilling platforms, and oil tankers
  • Workers at food processing and packaging facilities
  • Property owners living near military bases and airports

3M, the primary U.S. manufacturer of PFOS, voluntarily phased the chemical out of production starting in 2002. Other companies followed suit in 2006. 3M agreed to set up an AFFF stewardship program to ensure proper disposal of older AFFF products in 2020, but the damage has already been done for some people.

What Types of Cancer Can AFFF Exposure Cause?

Types of cancer linked to AFFF exposure currently under investigation include:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis

Other Side Effects of AFFF Exposure

Besides cancer, other harmful side effects of AFFF exposure may include:

  • Asthma
  • Birth defects
  • Child developmental delays
  • Increased cholesterol levels
  • Fertility issues
  • Immune system deficiency
  • Liver damage
  • Preeclampsia and hypertension during pregnancy
  • Thyroid disease

Ready to File an AFFF Lawsuit?

Individuals suffering from cancer and medical issues caused by AFFF exposure are entitled to compensation from the firefighting foam manufacturers to cover medical bills, lost wages, disability-related costs, and an estimated sum for “pain and suffering.” A lawyer specializing in toxic exposure cases can help you determine the extent of your losses and recover the money your family deserves.

Douglas & London is accepting AFFF lawsuit claims nationwide. We are currently accepting cases in:

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

A free consultation with a Douglas & London AFFF lawyer will let you know whether you meet the eligibility criteria to file a claim. You don’t pay us anything unless we secure compensation on your behalf. Founding Partner Gary Douglas recently secured a landmark $671 million toxic exposure settlement in addition to prior verdicts worth $1.6 million, $5.1 million, and $12.5 million. 

Contact us for access to our extensive research, medical experts, forensic economists, and legal team with the knowledge, skill, experience, and resources necessary to win.

 Competitor Source: https://www.drugwatch.com/news/2021/02/22/firefighters-file-cancer-lawsuits-against-afff-foam-manufacturers/

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