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Sara, thank you so much for your comment, and for reading The AFA blog. As you know, The AFA's particular focus is on reproductive health, and we actively support men and women to make healthy choices that may affect their fertility potential in a positive way. In addition, the health of the babies born to the folks we serve is of paramount importance to us. That being said, I would like to direct your attention to a study conducted at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Authored by Knox and Jackson et al, the objective of the study was to investigate a key ingredient in Teflon known as Perfluorocarbons and its association with endocrine disruption in women. The data gathered from the study, which included 25,957 women, was that PFC are in fact associated with endocrine disruption and early menopause. I would welcome your opinion on this study; the abstract can be accessed here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=implications%20of%20early%20menopuase%20in%20women%20exposed%20to%20perfluorocarbons. Thanks again and I look forward to continuing the conversation.
Corey Whelan
Program Director


Thanks so much for your response. We value the conversation and appreciate that you share our commitment to creating a safer home. We'll be continuing the conversation in the days to come.

With my best regards,

Ken Mosesian
Executive Director

Hi Corey – I applaud the idea of creating a safer home, and because there’s so much misinformation out there about Teflon, I’m not surprised that you are concerned. I’m a representative of DuPont though, and hope you’ll let me share some information with you and your readers, so that everyone can make truly informed decisions.

In regards to PFOA and cancer – The weight of evidence gathered from a number of significant health studies continues to indicate to us that there is no health risk to the general public from exposure to PFOA. Additionally, no authoritative body has designated PFOA as a human carcinogen. The U.S. EPA stated that it is premature to conclude that PFOA causes cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/oppt/pfoa/pubs/pfoarisk.html. http://www.teflon.com/Teflon/teflonissafe and http://www.pfoa.dupont.com can provide you with additional information.

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