Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and Your Health

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ATSDR announces seven cooperative agreement recipients for the multi-site health study, a groundbreaking study that will look at the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes.

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PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. They have been used in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.

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Exposure to PFAS is an important public health concern. CDC/ATSDR is helping our local, territorial, tribal, state, and Federal partners to address increasing concerns.

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Free resources for clinicians and environmental health professionals, including health assessors.

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CDC and ATSDR will kick-off the Pease Study with a community meeting on October 24, 2019 to answer questions and allow people to sign up for study updates. The Pease Study will look at health effects in relationship to drinking PFAS-contaminated water at the Pease International Tradesport, New Hampshire.

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CDC/ATSDR awarded seven organizations Multi-site Study grants to look at the relationship between PFAS exposure through drinking water and health outcomes.

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CDC/ATSDR are holding community information sessions and conducting exposure assessments in communities near current or former military installations known to have PFAS in their drinking water now or in the past.

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Page last reviewed: October 7, 2019