According to a new study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and MEdicine (NASEM), it is critical that individuals exposed to PFAS receive additional testing following prolonged exposure. Environmental Medicine Specialist Dr. Eli J. Hurowitz discusses the suggestion:
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) are urging the CDC to adopt new clinical guidelines regarding individuals who have been exposed to polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). NASEM is recommending that these individuals ought to receive specific testing, such as blood tests, following the prolonged exposure. Unfortunately, PFAS compounds are found in a wide range of common materials and products, including non-stick cookware, cleaning products, firefighting foam, protective gear and water-resistant clothing. This creates an occupational and environmental hazard potential for many individuals who work in environments where these items are common, including food service and production, emergency services, house cleaning and so much more. Elevated levels of PFAS in an individual’s system can lead to a variety of health issues, including high blood pressure and increased cancer risk. This is precisely why the NASEM and Dr. Eli J. Hurowitz strongly encourage anyone exposed to these hazards to pursue expanded testing options.