This is the first study to report associations between exposure to certain PFAS and increased thyroid cancer risk
Mount Sinai researchers have discovered a link between per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) substances and an increased risk for thyroid cancer, according to a study published in eBioMedicine today.
PFAS, ‘forever chemicals’, are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that can migrate into the soil, water and air, and due to the strong carbon-fluorine bond these chemicals have, they do not degrade easily in the environment. These forever chemicals been used in consumer products around the world since the 1940s that have been used to make nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics, products that resist grease, water, and oil, and more.
Lauren Petrick, PhD, Associate Professor, Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Maaike van Gerwen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor and the Director of Research, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
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