Thyroid cancer due to AFFF

Thyroid cancer due to AFFF video

Every year, approximately 43,720 people receive a diagnosis of thyroid cancer nationwide. The disease is nearly 3 times more common in women than in men. While some of the causes of thyroid cancer are a diet low in iodine, exposure to radiation, genetics, and being female, it can also be the result of AFFF exposure in civilian and military firefighters. This is because this firefighting foam contains between 50% and 98% PFAS, a group of highly toxic substances, exposure to which has a significant connection with the disease. If you are or were a civilian or military firefighter and now struggle with thyroid cancer, we encourage you to contact our skilled attorneys, who have the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to help you file a claim for AFFF exposure if they determine you are entitled to financial compensation from the liable manufacturers.

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PFOS exposure increases the risk of thyroid cancer in firefighters by 56%

Thyroid cancer

"Forever chemicals", also known as PFAS, have a strong ability to interfere with thyroid function. Because these substances are endocrine disruptors, they can affect the body by mimicking fatty acids. They interfere with the hormone system, making civilian and military firefighters exposed to AFFF more prone to developing thyroid disease, which sometimes precedes cancers.

The longer a firefighter is exposed to this fire suppressant, the higher their risk of developing thyroid cancer is.

Furthermore, PFOA, another toxic chemical from this group, was found to inhibit the accumulation of iodine by thyroid follicular cells in vitro, which is a major risk factor for thyroid cancer. If you have been working as a firefighter, used AFFF regularly, and worry that you might have developed thyroid cancer, the following are the symptoms you should look out for and for which you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • a lump that can be felt through the skin on the neck
  • changes to the voice, including hoarseness
  • difficulty swallowing
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck

PFAS can have several detrimental effects on endocrine function, including the thyroid. In animal studies, PFAS were found to cause hypertrophy and hyperplasia of thyroid follicular cells in rats and showed a strong association with low total and free thyroxine concentrations. If these changes occur in the thyroid gland, the risk of developing cancer increases. If you are a civilian or military firefighter who used AFFF on the job and now struggle with thyroid cancer, we advise you to contact our toxic exposure attorneys, as you might be entitled to financial compensation.

Quality legal assistance for civilian and military firefighters with thyroid cancer exposed to AFFF

With over 30 years of experience in filing toxic exposure claims, our diligent attorneys are ready to offer civilian and military firefighters exposed to AFFF who have thyroid cancer quality legal assistance. Before filing a claim, we will carefully and thoroughly assess your case to determine your eligibility. As a military firefighter, you will only have to provide us with your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

Civilian firefighters will need to send in their employment records along with their medical records with their thyroid cancer diagnosis. If we establish that you are entitled to compensation, we will go to great lengths to obtain the money you deserve for your unjust suffering from the responsible AFFF manufacturers. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not have to pay our law firm anything unless we recover compensation for you.