firefigters using pfas based foam against fire

PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been used in a variety of industries for over 60 years. They’re known for their non-stick and water repellent properties and can be found in a variety of products including cookware, food packaging, clothing, carpets, and furniture.

Unfortunately, these chemicals have also been linked to health concerns. Below we’ll discuss what substances contain PFAS chemicals and the risks associated with them.

Why Are PFAS Dangerous?

These chemicals are dangerous and they can accumulate in the human body and environment over time. They’ve also been linked to a variety of health problems, including:

  • Cancer: many PFAS have been classified as “likely carcinogens” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
  • Liver damage: Studies in animals have shown that exposure to this class of chemicals can cause liver damage.
  • Thyroid problems: PFAS have been linked to thyroid problems in both animals and humans.
  • Reproductive problems: Exposure to these chemicals has been linked to reproductive problems in animals, including decreased fertility and birth defects.

How Can I Avoid Exposure To PFAS?

There are a few ways you can avoid exposure to these harmful chemicals:

  • Check the labels of products you buy: Many products that contain PFAS chemicals are required to list them on the label. If you see “PFAS” or “PFOA” on a product label, put it back on the shelf.
  • Avoid cooking products that are non-stick or water repellant Instead, look for products that are made with alternative materials such as ceramic or stainless steel.
  • Avoid clothing marketed as being “stain-resistant”
  • Do your research: If you’re not sure if a product contains dangerous chemicals, do some research online before you buy it.

As you can see, there are a variety of ways you can avoid exposure to PFAS chemicals. By being aware of these substances and the risks they pose, you can make informed choices about the products you buy, and how they impact you and your family’s health.

What To Do If You’ve Been Exposed To PFAS

If you think you’ve been exposed to PFAS and are experiencing serious health complications such as cancer, it’s important to consult a doctor.  

If your doctor determines you’ve been negatively impacted by PFAS, you’ll want to reach out to lawyers who can help you get the compensation you deserve. The lawyers at Napoli Shkolnik have experience handling cases involving PFAS exposure and would be happy to discuss your case with you.