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Did You Develop Cancer after Exposure to Firefighting Foam?
Health officials found "forever chemicals" in firefighting foam can cause cancers including kidney, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. If you developed cancer after being exposed to AFFF firefighting foam, don't suffer in silence.
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Firefighting Foam Cancer
For decades firefighting foam has been widely used by firefighters across the nation, especially in the U.S. military and airports. However, firefighting foams may cause cancer in individuals regularly exposed to toxic foam. Firefighters claim to have developed kidney, pancreatic, and testicular cancer from exposure to firefighting foam.
If you or a loved one are a firefighter, were regularly exposed to firefighting foam, and later developed cancer or other injuries, you may be entitled to a cash settlement for your suffering.
Firefighting foam is officially known as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF). AFFF is a foam fire retardant that works by creating a blanket to cut off oxygen from the fuel. To help put out fires, fire-retardant chemicals called PFAS have been added to many of the firefighting foams.
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are human-made chemicals that can be resistant to grease, oil, water, and heat. The FDA says PFAS have been added to fire-fighting foams since the 1940’s. However, PFAS have been linked to severe health risks in firefighters exposed to firefighting foam.
PFAS have been found to build up inside of the body and not break down over time. The FDA says current evidence indicates the build-up of certain PFAS in the body can cause serious health conditions.
Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have observed that PFAS may increase the risk of cancer and other health issues in firefighters.
Firefighting Foam Hazards
Cancers associated with PFAS include:
PFOA and PFOS are common types of PFAS found in firefighting foam. Both these chemicals have been found to accumulate in the body and not break down, increasing the risk of cancer and other severe health risks.
Map of Firefighter Reports of Foam Linked to Cancer Locations
Click to view a list of locations by state and city where our clients reported increased cancer risk due to fire foam.
Firefighters risk their lives everyday to keep us safe and yet manufacturers of firefighting foam may have known its usefulness was marginal at best while it significantly increased the risk of cancer in our firefighters.
Lets stand up to these corporations that put profits over the men and women who protect us.
“We weren’t aware that [PFAS] was a risk...For years, we were under the impression that foam was not a hazard,” - State Rep. Jeff Yaroch, Former Firefighter
Those at High-Risk of Firefighting Foam Cancer
Local firefighting departments aren’t the only industries at risk of firefighting foam hazards. Firefighting foam has been used by a variety of industries since the mid 1940’s. But, the hazards of PFAS in firefighting foam were not well-known by firefighters until recent years.
The military uses 75% of all firefighting foam according to the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). Military firefighters used PFAS-containing foams during firefighting training and emergency responses.
Firefighting foam was used by:
Airport firefighters were required to use firefighting foam since the 1970s to put out jet fuel fires. As of 2018, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) no longer requires airports to use PFAS-containing foams. But, this rule will not go into effect until 2021.
Thousands of firefighters over the decades could be at risk from the harmful side effects of firefighting foam exposure.
Many firefighting foam manufacturers are facing legal and medical scrutiny for hazardous foam. Allegedly, some companies knew about the health risks of PFAS in firefighting foam, but failed to take proper action to protect the public.
Companies currently facing legal action for PFAS contamination:
Justice for Firefighters
We advocate on behalf of firefighters harmed by the dangerous ingredients in firefighting foams. For years firefighting foam manufacturers put firefighters at risk by distributing toxic foam. They failed to warn about the severe side effects of firefighting foam exposure.
We’re here to be a voice for injured firefighters. Our mission is to ensure injured firefighters receive justice and fair compensation for the pain and suffering inflicted upon them.
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If you are a firefighter, were exposed to PFAS in firefighting foam, and developed cancer, you may be eligible to file a claim against companies that made firefighting foam.
A company’s lack of proper safety warning should never define your suffering. Hold the negligent responsible and call us today.
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