Start Your Path Towards Recovery For PFAS Contamination Damages
As a concerned citizen, you may have questions about the potential health impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals used in many household and industrial products. Of particular concern is whether exposure to these so-called "forever chemicals" could increase your risk of cancer. Talk with a PFAS Class Action Lawsuit Lawyer at Fletcher Law. According to recent research, some PFAS may be associated with certain types of cancer. However, the evidence is still emerging, and more studies are needed to confirm these links.
PFAS Chemicals: A Primer on These 'Forever Chemicals'
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are man-made chemicals used in many consumer and industrial products to repel water, grease, and stains. PFAS chemicals are often referred to as ‘forever chemicals’ because they persist in the environment and human body for a long time. There are thousands of PFAS chemicals, but two of the most studied are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).
PFAS chemicals have been used for decades to make products like Teflon, polishes, waxes, paints, cosmetics, cleaning products, waterproof clothing, and firefighting foams. Most people have been exposed to low levels of PFAS chemicals through contact with these products or through contaminated drinking water and food.
Given their widespread use and persistence, PFAS exposure is ubiquitous in the U.S. population. Research studies have detected PFAS chemicals in the blood of nearly all individuals tested. At high enough levels, certain PFAS chemicals may cause health issues like decreased fertility or developmental effects in children. Some PFAS chemicals have also been linked to a number of cancers, including:
•Kidney cancer: Some studies suggest PFOA and PFOS exposure may lead to increased risk of kidney cancer.
•Testicular cancer: High PFOA exposure has been associated with increased risk of testicular cancer, especially in combination with high PFOS levels.
•Pancreatic cancer: Long-term exposure to some PFAS chemicals may be linked to a small increased risk of pancreatic cancer.
•Prostate cancer: While findings are mixed, some research points to a potential link between PFOA/PFOS exposure and prostate cancer.
More research is still needed to confirm and better understand the connection between PFAS exposure and cancer. Reducing exposure to these ‘forever chemicals’ may help lower health risks over time.
PFAS Exposure Is Linked to Several Types of Cancer
PFAS exposure has been linked to several types of cancer in humans, according to multiple research studies.
Kidney Cancer and Testicular Cancer
Two of the strongest associations found are between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) exposure and kidney cancer, and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) exposure and testicular cancer. Studies of communities with contaminated drinking water from PFOA and PFOS have found higher than expected rates of these cancers.
Other Potential Links
Other research has suggested possible links between PFAS exposure and prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. While not as conclusively proven, these findings warrant further investigation.
How PFAS May Cause Cancer
PFAS may cause cancer through several mechanisms:
- They accumulate in the body and environment due to being highly persistent. This accumulation over time may reach toxic levels that lead to cell damage or changes.
- They may act as endocrine disruptors that interfere with hormones involved in cell regulation and growth. This disruption could promote the growth of tumors.
- They may cause chronic inflammation in the body which is a known risk factor for cancer development.
- They may directly damage DNA in cells through the generation of reactive oxygen species. This DNA damage can lead to cancerous changes and cell mutation.
In summary, there are reasonable concerns backed by scientific evidence that exposure to PFAS chemicals commonly found in consumer products and the environment may increase the risk of several types of cancer. Reducing exposure to these toxic and persistent chemicals is an important step towards cancer prevention.
Recent Studies Confirm the Cancer Connection
Recent studies have found links between exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and several types of cancer. PFAS are man-made chemicals used in many consumer products to make them nonstick, waterproof, and stain resistant. They are also found in firefighting foams and various industrial applications.
Two of the most well-known PFAS chemicals are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), these chemicals can remain in the human body for years and exposure is widespread.
Kidney and Testicular Cancer
Researchers found a probable link between PFOA exposure and kidney cancer and testicular cancer. Studies of communities with PFAS-contaminated drinking water have shown increased risks of these cancers. Additional research is still needed but these findings suggest PFAS may act as carcinogens or cancer-causing agents in the body.
Emerging research points to possible connections between PFOA/PFOS exposure and other cancers like prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A 2019 report by the ATSDR stated that PFOA and PFOS are “presumed carcinogens” based on studies showing increased cancer risks in humans and animals. However, more research is still required to definitively prove a causal relationship.
While the links between PFAS and cancer remain an active area of study, experts recommend reducing exposure when possible. Avoiding PFAS-containing products, using water filters that remove PFAS, and supporting stronger regulations on these toxic "forever chemicals" can all help decrease health risks. Staying up to date with the latest PFAS research and recommendations from health agencies will also assist in making the best choices for you and your family.
Ongoing PFAS Contamination Class Action Lawsuits
Ongoing PFAS contamination has led to class action lawsuits across the U.S. Communities facing PFAS exposure have filed claims against companies that produced and used these toxic chemicals for years despite knowing the health risks.
Some of the most prominent PFAS class action lawsuits involve claims that PFOA and PFOS exposure led to increased risks of kidney cancer. Studies have found probable links between these PFAS chemicals and both non-Hodgkin lymphoma and kidney cancer. Lawsuits allege companies knew of these risks but continued to pollute the environment and endanger public health.
High levels of PFOA exposure have also been associated with increased risks of testicular cancer, especially seminoma and nonseminoma tumors. Residents of areas with known PFOA contamination in groundwater or soil have filed lawsuits claiming negligence and liability on the part of companies that used PFOA and released it into the surrounding environment. These lawsuits aim to recover damages for medical monitoring, health care costs, and pain and suffering.
While links to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma are well-established, some research also suggests possible associations between PFAS exposure and other cancers like prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. As further studies investigate these potential connections, additional PFAS class action claims may arise.
PFAS contamination is an ongoing issue, and class action lawsuits represent one avenue for communities to hold companies accountable for health impacts and recover costs. Successful lawsuits can also put pressure on companies to change practices, limit further pollution, and aid in cleanup of existing contamination sites. Awareness of risks associated with PFAS chemicals is increasing, but continued vigilance and advocacy are needed to curb this public health threat.
Do I Have a PFAS Cancer Lawsuit? Speaking With a PFAS Lawyer
If you have been exposed to PFAS chemicals and developed cancer, you may be entitled to compensation. Speaking with an experienced PFAS lawyer can help determine if you have grounds for a PFAS cancer lawsuit.
To have a strong case, there are several factors to consider:
- Exposure to high levels of certain PFAS chemicals, especially PFOA and PFOS. This could be through drinking water, occupational exposure, or other means. Studies link these chemicals to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, and other cancers.
- Diagnosis of a cancer linked to PFAS exposure. The main cancers associated with PFAS chemicals include kidney cancer, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Statute of limitations. Most states have a 2-3 year window from the time of diagnosis to file a lawsuit. An attorney can evaluate if you fall within the allowed time period to pursue legal action.
- Strength of evidence. Additional evidence such as medical records, scientific studies, and expert opinions help build a compelling case. A lawyer will review all evidence to determine if it meets the burden of proof.
- Damages incurred. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. An attorney can help calculate total damages and negotiate the maximum settlement.
If you meet these criteria, you may have grounds to file an individual lawsuit or join a class action suit against the parties responsible for PFAS pollution and exposure. Speaking with a PFAS lawyer about your legal options is the best way to find out if you have a strong case for pursuing a PFAS cancer claim. They can thoroughly review your situation, determine if the criteria are met, and advise you on the proper legal course of action.
Contact Fletcher Law for your PFAS Case
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer and you believe exposure to PFAS may be a contributing factor, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Fletcher Law has successfully represented clients across the country in cases involving PFAS exposure and resulting health issues. Our attorneys understand the devastating impacts of cancer and we want to hold the companies responsible for PFAS pollution accountable for the harm caused.
We are currently accepting cases involving the following PFAS-linked cancers:
- Kidney cancer: Studies show PFAS exposure increases the risk of renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer.
- Testicular cancer: High levels of PFOA in the blood have been linked to increased risk of testicular cancer, especially seminoma tumors.
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: Exposure to PFOA and PFOS have been associated with increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymph system.
- Prostate cancer: Some research suggests long-term exposure or high levels of certain PFAS may be tied to increased prostate cancer risk.
- Bladder cancer: A probable link has been found between PFOA exposure and increased risk of bladder cancer in some individuals.
If you have received a diagnosis for any of these medical conditions and believe workplace exposure or environmental pollution from PFAS could be a factor, please contact our firm today for a free case review. We have the experience and resources to build a strong case against manufacturers of toxic PFAS chemicals like DuPont and 3M. Don't delay - strict time limits apply, so call now to find out if you qualify for compensation.
Let Fletcher Law fight for you. We are committed to holding polluters accountable and getting justice for victims of PFAS. Call us at 512-519-4006.