Exposure to PFOA increases the risk of developing testicular cancer in veterans
The majority of military bases in the country have a history of toxic environmental contamination. In addition to solvents, heavy metals, and pesticides, PFAS also lurked on these installations after 1967, when military firefighters began using the fire suppressant AFFF excessively. With every use, it releases tremendous amounts of PFAS into the environment, which can easily infiltrate the groundwater. Some AFFF formulations contain up to 98% PFAS, so you can only imagine the degree of pollution these products cause. Exposure to the chemical PFOA was found to have a particularly strong association with testicular cancer.
A study from the medical journal Cancer Causes & Control found a significant exposure-response trend between seminoma, the most common testicular cancer type, and the following:
- organic solvents
- alicyclic hydrocarbons
- aliphatic hydrocarbons
Some of these substances might have also been present on military bases during the last century. If you are a veteran who spent a significant amount of time at one or more contaminated military bases and now struggle with testicular cancer, these are the eligibility requirements you have to meet to file a toxic exposure claim:
- you must have been discharged from the military other than dishonorably
- you must have been exposed to toxic chemicals or substances while on active duty
- you must have a diagnosis of testicular cancer linked to toxic exposure
To properly evaluate your case, our attorneys will ask you to send in your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. After a thorough assessment, they will let you know whether you qualify for compensation from the responsible companies. The documents you will need to provide will also serve as evidence in your case if we deem you eligible.
Firefighters who use AFFF are twice as likely to develop testicular cancer than the general population
Since 1967, military and civilian firefighters have been using the fire suppressant AFFF, which sometimes contains up to 98% PFAS. Firefighters are twice more likely to develop testicular cancer than the general population. Despite knowing the terrible health impact exposure to AFFF has on firefighters, companies such as Chemguard, DuPont, and Tyco continue to manufacture the fire suppressant. While there are other toxic agents firefighters are exposed to on the job that might have a connection with testicular cancer, AFFF exposure is the most prevalent and the most dangerous.
If you worked as a military or civilian firefighter and now struggle with testicular cancer, you can file a claim for AFFF exposure if you meet the following eligibility requirements:
- you must have been discharged other than dishonorably if you were a military firefighter
- you must have used the fire suppressant AFFF for a significant time on the job
- you must have a diagnosis of testicular cancer associated with toxic exposure
To file a claim, our attorneys will need your employment or military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records. These documents will serve as a starting point in evaluating your case. After a careful review, they will tell you with certainty whether you are entitled to financial compensation from the liable manufacturers.