According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), some of the most common products that contain or previously contained PFAS include non-stick pans, stain-resistant fabrics, water-resistant clothes, oil and grease repellent products, certain paints and varnishes, firefighter gear, and firefighting foam.
PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) are the most widely researched PFAS.
While products manufactured in the United States no longer contain PFOA or PFOS, imported materials sometimes do.
Still, there are thousands of chemicals that fall under the umbrella of PFAS.
PFAS have been shown to have a negative impact on the environment.
These substances don’t break down, so they can become an environmental hazard even after they are no longer being used.
PFAS can ultimately affect human health as well, even in people who don’t own products containing PFAS.
People who are exposed to high levels of PFAS may experience symptoms like heightened cholesterol, liver enzyme alterations, heightened risk of high blood pressure, increased risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy, reduced effectiveness of the immune system, and a heightened risk of developing certain types of cancer, including kidney cancer and testicular cancer.
Reproductive effects, including reduced fertility, have also been attributed to PFAS exposure, as well as growth delays in babies.
Scientists have endeavored to learn more about the impact that PFAS may have on the human body through animal testing.
Animal testing with PFAS caused birth defects, stunted development, and even newborn fatalities in test subjects.
While additional research is needed to determine whether PFAS affect humans in the same manner, many studies have shown that exposure to PFAS can be extremely hazardous to human health.
According to a 2018 article published by the Harvard School of Public Health, a CDC review revealed that in addition to cancer, PFAS also had the potential to cause liver damage and increase a person’s risk of developing thyroid disease and asthma.
Most people in the United States have been exposed to PFAS.
And unfortunately, because it is a “forever chemical,” it can remain in the human body for a long time.
However, certain individuals face higher levels of exposure than others.
People who work in chemical plants where PFAS are manufactured, for example, are more likely to show higher amounts of PFAS in their blood than the average person.
Firefighters are also exposed to these dangerous chemicals more frequently and for prolonged periods of time.
Firefighting gear is designed to be flame, water, and oil resistant and typically contains PFAS, as does firefighting foam, which is used to create a sort of blanket over the substance that is fueling a fire.
Firefighting foam is used in a wide variety of settings, from airports and military bases to firefighter training facilities and oil refineries.
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