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    Pioneering Study Links Testicular Cancer Among Military Personnel to ‘Forever Chemicals’

    Pioneering Study Links Testicular Cancer Among Military Personnel to ‘Forever Chemicals'

    Gary Flook served in the for 37 years, as a firefighter at the now-closed Chanute Air Force in Illinois and the former Grissom Air Force Base in Indiana, where he regularly trained with aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF — a frothy white fire retardant that is highly effective but now known to be toxic.

    Flook volunteered at his local fire department, where he also used the foam, unaware of the health risks it posed. In 2000, at age 45, he received devastating news: He had testicular cancer, which would require an orchiectomy followed by chemotherapy.

    Hundreds of lawsuits, including one by Flook, have been filed against companies that make firefighting products and the chemicals used in them.

    And multiple studies show that firefighters, both military and civilian, have been diagnosed with testicular cancer at higher rates than people in most other occupations, often pointing to the presence of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in the foam.

    But the link between PFAS and testicular cancer among service members was never directly proven — until now.

    federal study for the first time shows a direct association between PFOS, a PFAS chemical, found in the blood of thousands of military personnel and testicular cancer.

    Using banked blood drawn from Air Force servicemen, researchers at the National Cancer Institute and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences found…

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