Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs when white blood cells grow uncontrollably and form tumors within the body. The cause of this disease is a mutation in the DNA of white cells, but scientists are currently uncertain about what triggers this change. Still, a risk factor for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is exposure to PFAS, a group of over 9,000 toxic chemicals lurking in the fire suppressant AFFF. This fire suppressant has been widely and excessively used by civilian and military firefighters since 1967. Even if they wear protective gear, firefighters are inevitably exposed to PFAS, and these substances are also present in their turnout gear.
A large study of 70,000 people found that a high concentration of PFOA in the blood is linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This chemical is one of the most common and studied from the PFAS group, and it also has a strong connection with multiple cancers. It is important to mention that researchers observed that the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma increased with the frequency and severity of PFOA exposure. If you are or were a civilian or military firefighter and believe you have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, here are the symptoms you should be on the lookout for:
According to a study, Merrimack residents experience a high risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma compared to the rest of the state, as they have very high PFAS concentrations in their blood. Moreover, researchers found that residents of Bennington, Vermont, had a significantly greater risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma caused by PFAS exposure. If you are a civilian or military firefighter who used AFFF on the job and now suffer from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, do not hesitate to contact Atraxia Law, as we specialize in evaluating toxic exposure claims.
With over 35 years of experience in evaluating toxic exposure claims, our expert team will gladly help you determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation from the liable AFFF manufacturers. If you struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as a civilian or military firefighter, you should contact us. The only documents necessary to assess your case are your employment or military records and your medical records. If we deem you eligible, we will promptly direct you toward a specialized attorney to have your claim filed as soon as possible.
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