Found in a dizzying array of consumer products, most people in the United States have been exposed to one or more PFAS. Current scientific evidence suggests exposure to these chemicals can have adverse health effects for humans including increased cholesterol levels, effects on the immune system, certain cancers, thyroid hormone disruption, and low infant birth weights.
Because PFAS may be released into the air, soil, and water (including drinking water sources), it’s important to understand the level of exposure in both humans and the environment around us. While PFOA and PFOS have received a lot of attention, we can currently analyze up to 75+ different PFAS compounds—and even that only scratches the surface.
As we increase our understanding of the complexity behind these compounds, continuing to test what is in our air, water and soil is more imperative than ever.