PFOA and PFOS

What are Forever Chemicals?

Perfluoroctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), also known as Forever Chemicals, are man-made chemicals that began use in the 1940’s and were used in several areas such as nonstick pans and firefighting foams due to their high stability and low tension properties. It wasn’t until the 2000’s that it was realized that these substances are harmful to those who have received exposure. While these chemicals are no longer being manufactured, due to their slow break-down, they can still be found throughout the environment, including in drinking water. While the contamination is generally minimal, areas where these chemicals were in high use tend to have higher contamination levels than elsewhere.

Risks

 

Due to these chemicals being synthetic with high stability and not found in nature, they take more time to break down and can build up in the bodies system. While research studies are still being done on their long-term effects, they have been connected to several health risks including cancer.

 

How to Avoid Them

 

It’s impossible to completely stay away from these Forever Chemicals since they are everywhere, however, if there is a concern of excess exposure, understanding where it came from can assist you in avoiding continued exposure.

 

If you feel like this may be a concern, please give us a call and we’ll assist you in every way we can!

Call us at 315-437-0255 or email us at support@enalytic.com.