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    ‘Not Knowing Is Awful’: Studies Point to Impact of PFAS on Veterans, but Resources Are Limited

    ‘Not Knowing Is Awful': Studies Point to Impact of PFAS on Veterans, but Resources Are Limited

    Multiple studies are linking a group of toxic chemicals to health conditions that former and civilian firefighters may have developed after exposure to firefighting foam they used decades ago.

    “It's a shame that my firefighter friends, when they were diagnosed with cancer, didn't know about the risk of the foam,” said Les Pomerville, a Navy veteran and Beavercreek resident. “I've lost a lot of people, who also served, to all different kinds of cancer.”

    Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Base say they are taking multiple steps to prevent harm from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (), a group of powerful, toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam for decades.

    More than 700 military installations are likely contaminated with PFAS, according to the Environmental Working Group, an organization that studies health and the environment.

    Research about PFAS and Service Members

    Although research of PFAS is ongoing, the National Cancer Institute is studying PFAS' links to thyroid, kidney, ovarian and prostate cancer.

    More recently, a federal study by the National Cancer Institute shows a strong connection between (PFOS), a type of PFAS chemical, and testicular cancer.

    The study shows evidence that U.S. Air Force service workers who were firefighters had elevated levels of PFAS in their bloodstreams and less risk for those who lived on installations with high levels of PFAS in the drinking…

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