Plasma cells have a crucial role in your immune system, as they help fight infection by producing antibodies that identify and destroy germs. However, when multiple myeloma occurs, these cells will no longer work properly, which will result in a weak immune system. Exposure to PFAS, especially if it occurred over a long period of time, increases your risk of developing multiple myeloma. The main source of PFAS on military bases was the use of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, a fire suppressant employed to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires by military firefighters and trainees. Once these fluorinated chemicals are released into the environment, they persist, as they are known as forever chemicals. For this reason, once they enter your body, they cannot be eliminated and may, over the years, lead to the development of multiple myeloma or other serious diseases. The following are the most common symptoms of multiple myeloma, which you should look out for if you were stationed at a contaminated military base:
- a persistent dull ache or areas of tenderness in your bones
- weak bones that break easily
- tiredness, weakness, and shortness of breath caused by anemia
- recurring infections
- kidney problems
- bruising, unusual bleeding, such as frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums
If you were stationed at a military base contaminated with PFAS, we advise you to keep a close eye on your health, as your chances of developing multiple myeloma are great. It is worthy of note that the family members who were stationed with you can also come to struggle with this cancer since they were inevitably exposed to PFAS as well. In the regrettable event that you receive a multiple myeloma diagnosis, please reach out to our legal team, as we specialize in toxic exposure and will gladly help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.