Temple University’s College of Public Health will examine possible associations between PFAS-contaminated drinking water and cancer as part of a federally funded multisite health study to understand the health effects of exposure to PFAS chemicals in drinking water.
Temple’s study of PFAS and cancer expands upon its participation in a broader study that is in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and RTI International and focused in Pennsylvania’s Bucks and Montgomery counties. This work is part of a national effort newly announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The federal agencies are providing an initial $1 million per year to each of seven U.S. sites. The total funding for the five-year Pennsylvania project is expected to be $5 million.
The multisite national core study will recruit at least 2,000 children and 6,000 adults who were exposed to PFAS-contaminated drinking water, looking for relationships to their health outcomes. Researchers will measure PFAS levels in blood samples and urine, gather health information on participants, and compare results in exposed communities to the general population. Temple researchers will assist in the Pennsylvania portion of that general health research.
Temple’s extension of the national study is designed to look specifically at cancer, piggybacking on data collected in the core study and obtaining new information from sources like the Pennsylvania Cancer Registry. Temple originally budgeted $1.28 million to conduct this work.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 18