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Monsanto, AstroTurf, Sports and Cancer

The name Monsanto has become synonymous with Roundup – a weedkiller that has been shown to increase the risk of cancer to those exposed to it.  Monsanto also invented AstroTurf in 1965.  AstroTurf is an artificial turf used in a variety of applications, most notably as a playing surface in sports stadiums and arenas.

Recent research has shown that the AstroTurf used at Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia’s former home for the Phillies and Eagles) may be linked to the deaths of at least six (6) Philadelphia Phillies.  All of the former players died under the age of 60 of the same brain cancer: glioblastoma.

Tests run on samples of the AstroTurf used at Veterans Stadium found that the artificial turf contained “forever chemicals,” a term used to describe PFAs or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The EPA describes these as substances that cause “adverse health effects that can devastate families.”

Forever chemicals are so named because they don’t break down in the environment. This means they remain forever in the air, water and soil. Once they enter our bodies, they can stay there for years.

PFAs are found in many items: tap water, fire-fighter gear, food packaging, non-stick pans and, as recently discovered, artificial turf used on sporting fields.

If you or your family members have been exposed to PFAs and are experiencing symptoms of chemical toxicity in your system, such as:  burning or tearing of the eyes, nose, throat, chest, or skin; headaches; sweating; blurred vision; stomachache; or diarrhea; seek medical help. Then contact the attorneys at Leonard Sciolla who can help you navigate the legal complexities of achieving justice in toxic poisoning cases.

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