Testicular cancer due to AFFF

AFFF is a toxic fire suppressant, as it contains between 50% and 98% perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are extremely detrimental to human health, being able to cause testicular cancer, among many other serious diseases. In studies where large doses of PFAS had been given to laboratory animals, the development of malignant tumors was identified. While up to 97% of Americans have these hazardous chemicals in their blood, firefighters have significantly greater concentrations, which places them at high risk for developing testicular cancer. Cancer is the leading cause of death among military and civilian firefighters and the use of AFFF is a major contributor. If you worked with AFFF as a firefighter and now struggle with testicular cancer, please contact our law firm.

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The chemical PFOA was found to have the strongest connection with testicular cancer

Given their chemical properties and biological effects, plausible concerns about PFAS exposure causing cancer are growing. These manufactured chemicals don't break down in the environment and can accumulate in animals and humans. People are exposed to PFAS through soil, and outdoor air near industrial areas with PFAS manufacturing, disposal, or use. Recent studies have shown that PFAS can mimic human hormones including thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone.

PFOA and PFOS exposure can result in many different kinds of illnesses, including:

A proven connection between PFOA & PFOS and testicular cancer diagnosis

With regards to the evidence of exposure to PFAS and cancer, there are a relevant number of studies that investigated the potential carcinogenicity of perfluoroalkyls in communities living near facilities releasing PFAS chemicals. Here are some noteworthy facts:

Who can be harmed by the fire suppressant AFFF?

Individuals at greatest risk of harm from AFFF, are those who manufacture the foam, firefighters who use it, and Air Force personnel who have direct chemical exposure.

The core problem with AFFF consists in perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Of particular concern, is the multi-faceted exposure firefighters have to toxins directly from firefighting foams, from the gear they wear. Ironically, the most dangerous thing about an occupation that involves running into a fire isn't the flames, but the exposure to synthetic chemicals such as PFOS and PFOA used in firefighting foams. Firefighters who reported that they were exposed on the job, usually performed inspections to minimize fire dangers, responded to hazardous materials spills, and assisted civilian fire departments when needed.

PFAS-contaminated soil on military bases

All branches of our armed forces have been using AFFF fire suppressant foam that contains the hazardous chemicals PFOS and PFOA since the early '70s.

In addition to industrial chemicals used by active producers and placed in lakes and rivers or disposed of in landfills, ongoing sources of PFAS pollution include chemical-based firefighting foam used by:

Thousands of military personnel and their families are suffering from serious illnesses because of exposure to PFOA and PFOS chemicals used for decades in firefighting foam.

Testicular cancer is misdiagnosed in 25% of the patients

Sometimes, men with testicular cancer have no symptoms of the disease. When one or more of the following symptoms occur, consult your doctor right away.

Prospects for successful treatment are good if the disease is diagnosed early, but the effectiveness of treatment diminishes in the event of a testicular cancer misdiagnosis. In the majority of cases, patients will present with concern for a lump or enlargement in either testicle. The lump is painless in at least 90% of patients, and misdiagnosis is very common, as there are other conditions that can present as a lump or swelling in one testicle, such as:

Tools for finding or diagnosing testicular cancer include health records and physical exams, ultrasound of the testicles, and a blood test to check for certain proteins in your blood.

If your urologist finds cancer through these exams, you will require blood tests to estimate current PFAS serum levels in order to establish potential links between exposure levels and testicular cancer.

Environmental Litigation Group is here to help testicular cancer patients exposed to PFAS

If you are a firefighter who was diagnosed with testicular cancer following exposure to PFAS, you may be entitled to financial compensation that can help to pay your medical expenses. Our resourceful attorneys will review your case to determine whether you qualify for filing a claim. If you are a veteran who was diagnosed with testicular cancer and believe you were exposed to PFAS-based firefighting foam, you may be eligible to receive compensation from the VA, as well as from the responsible companies. To file a claim as a veteran, you will need to retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to our legal team. They will represent a starting point in evaluating your case and also stand as evidence of your injury if we deem you eligible.