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. Known health effects associated with PFOA and PFOS include: 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, here at Vista, we can analyze up to 45 different PFAS compounds and our list is continually growing. Still, this only scratches the surface.
As we work to understand the complexity behind these compounds, continuing to test what is in our air, water and soil is more imperative than ever.