A recent study indicates that prostate cancer and ovarian cancer may be associated with C8 exposure. However, the strongest evidence demonstrates a link between C8 contamination in the Mid-Ohio Valley with kidney and testicular cancer in residents.
The cancer study, which appeared in the January 8 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, examines the relationship between C8 exposure and cancer in Mid-Ohio Valley residents who live near DuPont Washington Works and consumed water contaminated with the industrial solvent. C8, which is also known as PFOA or perfluorooctanoic acid, has been used in the production of Teflon and hundreds of other applications at DuPont Washington Works near Parkersburg, West Virginia since the 1950s.
The cancer study concludes that “higher PFOA serum levels may be associated with testicular, kidney, prostate, and ovarian cancers and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma”.
The study explains some of the findings of the C8 Science Panel – a court-appointed panel of epidemiologists who used data collected in the C8 Health Project to independently weigh the available evidence regarding C8 exposure and cancer over a seven-year period. The panel’s findings linked C8 exposure to pregnancy-induced hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and ulcerative colitis as well as kidney and testicular cancer.
The C8 Science Panel and their probable link findings are a key part of a class action lawsuit settlement between DuPont and thousands of Ohio and West Virginia residents with contaminated drinking water.
As a result of the settlement agreement, impacted residents are now free to proceed with their own personal injury claims against DuPont. The class action settlement agreement indicates that DuPont may not dispute that C8 can cause the specific diseases which the C8 Science Panel has linked to exposure.
Water districts found to be contaminated with C8 include Belpre, Tuppers Plains, Little Hocking and Pomeroy, Ohio and Lubeck and Mason County, West Virginia. Under the terms of the class action settlement agreement, the criteria for filing a personal injury claim is not based on an individual’s current place of residence. The class involves anyone who lived or worked within the contaminated water districts and consumed the water for a year or more prior to December 3, 2004.
To learn more about legal representation available to persons who believe they may have been affected by C8 contamination, please contact the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP for a free consultation and find out if you have a claim involving C8 and your health by calling 1-888-534-4850 or visit their webpage at www.slaterzurz.com and fill out a FREE CASE REVIEW FORM located on the top right hand side of the page.
Slater & Zurz LLP has partnered with Marietta, Ohio attorney Ethan Vessels to represent people victimized by C8 on an individual basis, NOT as part of a class action lawsuit.