Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma due to AFFF

As one of the 90 subtypes of this cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs when white blood cells, known as lymphocytes, grow uncontrollably and form tumors within the body. The cause of this disease is a mutation in the DNA of white cells, but medical experts are currently uncertain about what leads to this change. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is more common in men, and the risk of developing it increases with age, as most people struggling with this cancer are over 50. Among the risk factors for the acquired gene mutation in lymphocytes is toxic exposure, which includes exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances – PFAS. Firefighters, whether civilian or military, are at high risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as they use the fire suppressant AFFF, which contains 50% to 98% PFAS. If you are or were a civilian or military firefighter and now struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, please contact our experienced attorneys, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.

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Firefighters are 1.5 times more likely to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma than the general population

A large study of 70,000 people living in the Mid-Ohio Valley from the medical journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that a high concentration of PFOA in the blood is linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. PFOA is one of the most known chemicals from the PFAS group and has a strong association with multiple cancers. After excluding a series of cases, researchers analyzed a final data set of 7,869 Ohio cases and 17,238 West Virginia cases of 18 cancer categories, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. They found that the chances of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for Little Hocking residents were elevated, in addition to discovering a high risk of:

Little Hocking in West Virginia was the area where people had the worst PFOA exposure. It is important to note that researchers observed that the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma risk increased with the frequency and severity of the exposure.

A recent study from SAGE Journals revealed that while the U.S. average incidence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was 0.90, the incidence of this cancer for people exposed to PFAS in Sanford, Maine, was 1.06. Furthermore, researchers found that residents of Bennington, Vermont, had a significantly higher risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma caused by PFAS exposure. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently determined that, between 2008 and 2019, Merrimack residents experienced a high risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma compared to the rest of the state. A major contributor to the prevalence of this cancer was PFAS exposure.

There is a stronger body of research connecting PFAS exposure to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

The Environmental Working Group also conducted a study on multiple PFAS with the purpose of establishing whether they have the key characteristics of carcinogens. The researchers sought evidence of ten carcinogenic traits in animal, cell, and human studies of approximately two dozen PFAS. The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that PFAS can act as cancer-causing agents. The mechanisms by which they can lead to cancer, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, are:

  • changing DNA structure
  • weakening the immune system
  • inducing chronic inflammation
  • causing cells to spread uncontrollably
  • altering communication between cells
  • disrupt biological activity as a whole

The study found that PFOA and PFOS had five characteristics of carcinogens each. "We found that every single one of them exhibited at least one of the key characteristics of carcinogens," said toxicologist Alexis Temkin of the Environmental Working Group, which carried out the study with researchers from Indiana University.

Misdiagnosis, a very common phenomenon among firefighters with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma exposed to PFAS

On average, even among hematopathologists, the frequency of lymphoma misdiagnosis is nearly 10%. When it comes to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma caused by PFAS exposure, the misdiagnosis rate is even higher, which is why civilian and military firefighters who believe they have this cancer but were diagnosed with another disease or condition should look for a second and even a third opinion. Being examined by different medical specialists is crucial, as having a wrong diagnosis will affect not only your prognosis and treatment effectiveness but also your compensation eligibility.

The following are some of the diseases and conditions non-Hodgkin's lymphoma might be mistaken for by doctors:

  • influenza
  • HIV
  • leukemia
  • autoimmune disorders
  • Rosai-Dorfman disease
  • infection
  • drug hypersensitivity reactions
  • sarcoidosis
  • Kikuchi's disease
  • amyloidosis
  • mononucleosis
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma

Firefighters who have one of these diagnoses will not qualify for filing a claim for AFFF exposure, as, except for leukemia, none makes a person eligible for compensation. Moreover, there are other requirements civilian and military firefighters exposed to PFAS must meet in order to become entitled to financial compensation. Therefore, you should contact our law firm only when you have a diagnosis that renders you eligible to file a claim for AFFF exposure, but if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call, and we will gladly help you.

Quality legal services for civilian and military firefighters with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Do you have a history of AFFF use as a civilian or military firefighter and now struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma? If so, we strongly encourage you to get in touch with our skilled attorneys, whose area of practice is toxic exposure. They will be able to guide you and offer you the advice and legal assistance you need to file a claim for AFFF exposure if you meet all the eligibility criteria. Initiating the process is easy, as we will only need your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records stating your non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis.

After a careful review of your documents, our resourceful legal team will decide if you qualify for compensation from the liable manufacturers. Eligible firefighters will have their AFFF claims filed with all the responsible companies, whether they are still in business or not. We will strive to obtain the largest sum of money for you, and if our efforts are fruitful, you may receive the compensation you deserve for your unjust physical and emotional pain. It is important to know that your first consultation will be free, and you will not have to pay our law firm unless we recover money for you.