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What is AFFF made of and why does it cause cancer?

Aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, has been used since 1970 to extinguish class B fires. Because it contains PFOS and PFOA, two groups of carcinogenic chemicals, exposure can lead to serious diseases over the years.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

The PFOS and PFOS, two groups of toxic chemicals, are the substances in AFFF which can lead to the development of cancer

While the composition of AFFF, aqueous film-forming foam, includes non-toxic substances, such as water and alkyl sulfate, it also contains two groups of carcinogens, namely PFOS and PFOA. Exposure to PFOS and PFOA can lead, over the years, to the development of cancers such as leukemia, bladder cancer, lymphoma, and pancreatic cancer. Since 1970, AFFF has been used to extinguish class B fires by civilian and military firefighters, who are the demographic at the highest risk of developing a disease as a result of prolonged exposure. Class B fires refer to fires that stem from flammable liquids such as gasoline, petroleum greases, tars, oils, solvents, and alcohols. Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, also known as PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, also known as PFOA, are both human carcinogens. Thereby, exposure to these dangerous chemicals can lead to the occurrence of a form of cancer over the course of several years. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies PFOS and PFOA as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and links exposure to testicular cancer and kidney cancer.

If you were exposed to PFOS and PFOA from AFFF, you are eligible for compensation

Firefighters and military personnel who were directly in contact with AFFF and subsequently developed a related disease are entitled to compensation from the responsible party. A lawyer who specializes in toxic exposure cases can help you recover the compensation you deserve by filing a lawsuit against the companies which manufactured the dangerous products you were exposed to. Because the legal process in toxic exposure cases is very complex, the assistance of a lawyer with vast experience is necessary. After you provide them with your employment or military records, as well as with your medical records, they will promptly begin working on your case, while their legal experts will gather additional evidence to support your lawsuit. Eventually, you will receive fair compensation for your physical and emotional suffering.

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