Posted on 23rd October, 2020
by Legal Staff
A lot has already been written about the dangers of PFOS and PFOA, the highly toxic main active ingredients in Class B foams the military has been using for decades.
We already know about the many military facilities where water supply systems were found to be contaminated with PFAS that exceed the EPA's health advisory and of the thousands of service members and military families who got sick as a result.
Today, contamination is known and confirmed at hundreds of sites and military bases, including:
There are many people whose life-threatening health conditions and legitimate worries about their families' health hang like a cloud of uncertainty over their futures.
If you are wondering if PFAS can cause kidney cancer, it is worth noting that the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as possible human carcinogens based on epidemiological evidence.
Scientific studies have provided strong evidence that certain PFAS likely have adverse effects on our health at vanishingly low levels of exposure - at parts per trillion levels.
Previous studies have reported that exposure to PFAS significantly increases the risk for kidney cancer in populations highly exposed through their work or by living in areas with significant environmental contamination. Individuals at the greatest risk of harm from AFFF are firefighters, civilians, and military personnel who use it, those who manufacture the foam, and people living near military installations that used the firefighting foams made with the toxic chemicals.
Researchers found that the relationship between exposure to PFOA and PFOS and adverse kidney health persisted among patients diagnosed eight or more years after initial blood collection. This association was also observed among individuals with normal kidney function, indicating that the link between PFAS and kidney cancer risk is independent of potential effects related to compromised kidney function.
Kidney cancer is cancer that most often begins in the lining of the tiny tubes in the kidney. The most common type of kidney cancer is renal cell carcinoma, making up about 90% of all diagnoses. In addition to performing a physical exam, and obtaining laboratory tests, your physician may ask for additional information with respect to your work history in order to evaluate potential chemical exposure.
Anyone with a history of exposure to PFAS chemicals during military service should take special note of the symptoms and immediately seek medical attention.
An accurate and early diagnosis can improve survival but also entitles you to compensation.
If you are diagnosed with kidney cancer, you may be eligible for compensation or financial assistance. It is advisable to seek advice quickly so that you claim correctly and receive what you are entitled to. Atraxia Law is a good place to start. Schedule a free consultation now with our paralegals to determine if you meet the preliminary requirements for a claim.