Every year, over 8,800 people receive a diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma nationwide. While the cause of this disease is usually exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus or HIV, toxic exposure can also result in Hodgkin's lymphoma. Civilian and military firefighters who use the fire suppressant AFFF have a high risk of developing this cancer, as they are regularly exposed to PFAS, a group of highly toxic chemicals. To make matters worse, these dangerous substances are also present in their turnout gear, and with wear and tear, it releases PFAS, which can easily be inhaled by firefighters. Exposure to PFAS can wreak havoc on the immune system, making civilian and military firefighters more susceptible to coming to struggle with Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Hodgkin's lymphoma can be a very aggressive cancer and can rapidly spread through the body. On the bright side, it is also one of the most easily treatable malignant diseases if detected early. AFFF exposure is associated with reduced immune response, which is a hallmark of Hodgkin's lymphoma. If you are or were a civilian or military firefighter who used AFFF on the job and believe you have this cancer, the following are the symptoms you should look out for and for which you should seek medical attention immediately:
Exposure to PFAS from AFFF is known to impact the immune system, making firefighters who come in contact with these harmful substances more prone to developing Hodgkin's lymphoma. Animal models and human studies provide strong evidence that PFAS alter the immune system, diminishing its ability to fight infection and disease. When Hodgkin's lymphoma develops, the immune system fails to detect the abnormal cells and is unable to destroy them. Usually, this is because there is a problem with the immune system, which can be caused by AFFF exposure in civilian and military firefighters.
If you are a civilian or military firefighter who has been using AFFF and now struggle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with our expert team, which has over 35 years of experience in evaluating toxic exposure and personal injury claims. We will gladly help you find out whether you are eligible to file a claim for AFFF exposure and obtain financial compensation for your unjust suffering.
In the unfortunate event that you worked as a civilian or military firefighter and now suffer from Hodgkin's lymphoma, do not hesitate to give Atraxia Law a call, as we have the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim for AFFF exposure with the responsible manufacturers. The only documents you will have to submit are your employment or military records and your medical records. If we deem you eligible, we will promptly direct you toward a specialized attorney so you can have your claim filed as soon as possible.
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