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Why test for PFAS?

According to the CDC, 97 percent of Americans have PFAS chemicals in their blood1. Studies suggest PFAS exposures may have an increased risk of adverse health effects in humans. Currently there are no reported clinically actionable concentrations of PFAS; however, testing for PFAS in blood helps to provide a baseline to evaluate future exposure risks. Once a baseline has been established, individuals are able to make better informed decisions and actively limit future exposure to these chemicals.  

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PFAS STUDIES AT A GLANCE


Author PFAS Study Associated Adverse Health Effects
Steenland, et al, 2020 Review: Evolution of evidence on PFOA and health following the assessment of the C8 Science Panel The residents of the community suffered testicular cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and increased cholesterol levels
ATSDR, 2018 What are the health effects of PFAS? Changes in liver enzymes, increased cholesterol levels and high blood pressure including pre-eclampsia in pregnant women, increased risk of kidney and testicular cancer, decreased infant birth weights and vaccine response in children.
Blake et al, 2020 Early life exposure to PFAS and latent health outcomes: A review including the placenta as a target tissue and possible driver of peri- and postnatal effects Reduced kidney function, metabolic syndrome, thyroid disruption, and adverse pregnancy outcomes including hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, preeclampsia, and low birth weight.
Fenton et al, 2020 PFAS substance toxicity and human health review: Current state of knowledge and strategies for informing future research Altered immune and thyroid function, liver disease, lipid and insulin dysregulation, kidney disease, adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes, and cancer.

WHAT IS PFAS?


Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, are man-made synthetic chemical compounds known for their surfactant properties. Since the late 1940’s PFAS chemicals have been manufactured and used throughout the United States and around the world in products such as nonstick cookware, grease-resistant paper, fast food containers, candy wrappers, cleaning products, stain and heat resistant materials found on our clothing, furniture and carpets, personal care products and fire fighter foam better knows as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).

Known as “forever chemicals”, PFAS substance do not break down in the environment. Following exposure, PFAS compounds can be absorbed and accumulate in the body over time.

WHERE ARE PFAS CHEMICALS FOUND?


Cleaning Supplies, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Cleaning Supplies

Firefighting Foam, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF)

Clothing and Shoes, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Clothing and Shoes

Drinking Water, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Drinking Water

Non-Stick Cookware, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Non-Stick Cookware

Food Containers, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Food Containers

Furniture and Carpets, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Furniture and Carpets

Fish, PFAS Testing from NMS Labs

Fish

FOR MORE INFORMATION


Be informed and stay up-to-date on the latest news regarding PFAS by visiting these sites.

REFERENCES


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4483690/pdf/ijerph-12-06098.pdf
  2. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas/docs/clinical-guidance-12-20-2019.pdf
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/PFAS_FactSheet.html
  4. https://www.epa.gov/pfas/basic-information-pfas

HOW CAN I ORDER A TEST?


NMS Labs’ PFAS panel tests for 6 of the most common PFAS chemicals and has been used by the government, researchers and physicians to establish baselines to exposure. If you would like to arrange a consultation with NMS Labs to address your specific PFAS testing needs, please complete the form below.

NOTE: PFAS tests are not for consumer uses and must be ordered through a referring physician or clinical reference laboratory. For details, please contact our Clinical & Research Client Services at 1-866-522-2206 / clinical@nmslabs.com

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