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Is AFFF a carcinogen?

Although AFFF is not carcinogenic in and of itself, it is the two groups of chemicals in it, PFOS and PFOA, which are carcinogenic to humans. Thereby, exposure can lead to various forms of cancer over the years.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

While AFFF is not a carcinogen in and of itself, the PFOS and PFOA it contains are

Because it contains two groups of carcinogenic substances, PFOS and PFOA, AFFF is harmful to the health of humans, and exposure can result in terrible diseases such as kidney cancer, leukemia, and bladder cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies PFOS and PFOA as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and numerous medical studies found that prolonged exposure to these two groups of chemicals has serious effects on our health, leading to the development of several cancers. For this reason, firefighters and military personnel who regularly use AFFF, whether in training or during service, are at the highest risk of receiving a dire diagnosis as a result of their frequent exposure to the PFOS and PFOA present in AFFF.

However, because they persist in the environment once they are released, PFOS and PFOA also pollute the drinking water in various areas in the country. Nevertheless, while one can also develop a disease if they regularly drink contaminated water, only firefighters and military personnel who use AFFF qualify for filing a lawsuit against the liable companies which manufactured the hazardous products. A lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases will help you recover the compensation you deserve if you were exposed to AFFF on the job or while serving in the military and developed a related disease.