Aqueous Film Forming Foam or AFFF is a solution used to suppress fires in areas with highly flammable substances present. Unfortunately, researchers have recently discovered a link between AFFF and cancer, and the evidence seems to be growing stronger.
If you have developed cancer related to the ingestions of AFFF through your drinking water, you may be entitled to compensation.
Where is AFFF used?
AFFF is commonly used in areas that present a significant risk of fire. The substance is extremely effective at suppressing fires that develop from highly flammable materials such as those found in oil refineries, at airports, or at military facilities.
Therefore, individuals who live or work near these facilities are at risk for developing cancer due to ingesting the toxic chemicals found in AFFF that have leaked into their drinking water.
Why is AFFF Being Linked with Cancer?
Aqueous Film Forming Foam is made up of a variety of chemicals which combine to accomplish their task of fire suppression. PFAS or polyfluoroalkyl substances are compounds which are found in AFFF and have been used in various industries for many years. These PFAS’s are considered “forever chemicals” which references the fact that they are extremely difficult for our bodies or the environment to break down.
Under the umbrella of PFAS is the chemical PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid, which is classified as a “possible human carcinogen” by a well-respected cancer research agency: the IARC. PFOA’s are known to be present in AFFF.
What Specific Cancers Have Been Linked to AFFF Exposure?
The development of numerous forms of cancer have been associated with AFFF exposure thus far. While research is ongoing, the current list of cancers that may have been caused by AFFF toxicity are:
- Renal Cancer
- Prostatic Carcinoma
- Hepatic Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Thyroid Cancers and Other Disorders
- Bladder Cancer
I May Have Developed Cancer as a Result of AFFF Exposure, What Should I Do?
If you have developed cancer and you believe that it may be the result of exposure to the chemicals within AFFF, you may be entitled to compensation. Because the legal world associated with AFFF is very complicated, the best first step is to contact a skilled AFFF lawyer to discuss your case and determine your best course of action. Your lawyer will advise you on the appropriate next steps, gather the necessary information, and be your advocate throughout the course of your case to ensure you get all of the benefits to which you are entitled.
In addition to representing you and helping you get all of the benefits you deserve, retaining the services of an AFFF lawyer will help to bring awareness to the issue and may help others who live near you. This is a developing issue and more attention needs to be brought to the link between AFFF and cancer.
While cancer can be caused by many different things, the link between AFFF and cancer has been growing stronger over the years. If you or a loved one has developed cancer due to AFFF ingestion, call a qualified AFFF lawyer today for your free consultation.