Ovarian cancer is among the most prevalent diseases occurring in firefighters who use AFFF
The fire suppressant AFFF was created in 1967 by the U.S. Navy and the 3M company. Since then, it has become the norm for extinguishing jet fuel and petroleum fires on military bases. Nevertheless, civilian firefighters also use AFFF for fires starting from flammable liquids and gases. The fire suppressant is highly toxic, as it mostly contains PFAS, and with each use, firefighters release these chemicals into the environment, where they persist for over a thousand years. Moreover, they also expose themselves when working with it, even if they wear protective gear. It is usually the PFAS in AFFF that are responsible for the high incidence of ovarian cancer in female firefighters.
If you are a female firefighter, used AFFF for a long time, and have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer, you have to meet the following eligibility requirements to file a claim:
- you must have been discharged other than dishonorably if you were a military firefighter
- you must have worked with AFFF regularly on the job
- you must have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer that is related to toxic exposure
Our attorneys will also ask you to send in your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records so that they can review your case thoroughly. If we deem you eligible, we will begin preparing your AFFF exposure claim for submission as soon as possible, which might eventually result in the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional pain.
Bisphenol A is associated with modifications of the reproductive system in women who often use hair relaxers
Over 60% of women who use chemical hair relaxers are Black, which places them at high risk of developing ovarian cancer. Because these products are often marketed to children and teenagers, most women begin using hair relaxers at a young age and continue straightening their hair regularly. Still, it has recently come to light that many hair relaxers, such as those of Revlon, Strength of Nature, and L’Oréal, contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as bisphenol A. They also have carcinogens as ingredients, which can enter the body with every application of a chemical hair relaxer.
The alterations bisphenol A can induce in women’s reproductive system, which can give way to ovarian cancer, are benign lesions such as:
- endometrial hyperplasia
- the development of ovarian cysts
- an increase in the ductal density of mammary gland cells
Furthermore, bisphenol A was associated with multiple metabolic disorders, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, recurrent miscarriages, and endometrial hyperplasia. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome are more than twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer. Human ovarian cancer cells express high levels of estrogen receptors compared with benign ovarian lesion cells. Long-term exposure to bisphenol A could lead to a greater incidence of cystic endometrial hyperplasia or ovarian cysts, which are premalignant lesions, according to a study from Oncology Letters.
If you are a woman who has been regularly using hair relaxers and now have ovarian cancer, these are the eligibility requirements you have to meet to file a toxic hair relaxer claim:
- you must have used hair relaxers at least 7 times per year for 10 years or longer
- you must have a diagnosis of ovarian cancer related to toxic exposure
We will also request evidence of your use of hair relaxers, such as receipts or hair salon bills, and your medical records so that our skilled attorneys can thoroughly evaluate your case. Shortly after we review your situation, they will let you know if you are entitled to financial compensation from the companies whose products you used.