Affordable Health Insurance logo Everything You Need to Know About Affordable Health Insurance and More

  The Minority/ Black Health Blog  

Sunday, January 17, 2016

46-Year Old Woman With Cancer Wishes She Had Never Drank This

Black woman drinking

If you think you are safe in your own home with city drinking water, think again. Although local water utility companies are responsible for making water safe for consumption by residents, water contamination can occur. A 46-year-old woman found this out the hard way.

Forty-six-year-old Cervera was diagnosed with kidney cancer due to exposure to chemicals. How? She drank water that was contaminated by leaks from a nearby DuPont factory. Testing showed links between the chemical and various diseases such as kidney cancer. Now Cervera wishes she never drank the water.

What was in the water?

The water testing showed it contained perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), the same chemical that is used to produce teflon and firefighting foam and flame retardants. This is what Cervera was ingesting, chemicals from foam that was used to put out fires on airplanes in military exercises at two nearby military bases.

The threat is large

The problem with PFCs is that they remain in the environment indefinitely. To compound the issue, there are more than 660 non-military sites around the U.S. where PFC-laced foam is used in training exercises. In addition, research shows that most local water supplies also contain other potentially hazardous contaminants, such as fluoride, drugs and disinfection byproducts (DBPs).

How to filter your water to be safe

You need to filter your water in order to be safe. This means filtering the water at both ends -- at the point where it enters the home and also at the point of use, such as the kitchen sink and shower. Invest in a good system, and ask the supplier to demonstrate how the product effectively filters water at both points.

Read the full story at
DISCLAIMER: The content or opinions expressed on this web site are not to be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or medical practitioner before utilizing any suggestions on this web site.