Gen-X Additional FAQs

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Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Can we use the water?

DHHS does not recommend that the general populations or specific groups stop using the municipal water.  This is based upon the following:

Levels of GenX in the most recent samples of finished drinking water are near or below the health goal (based on a lifetime of exposure to the most vulnerable population);
The levels of GenX are trending downward; and
Releases from Chemours are being mitigated.

DHHS will continue to review results as they are received from DEQ and make health recommendations accordingly.

What do we know about cancer effects for GenX?

There are no studies in humans and limited animal studies on cancers related to GenX.  One animal study reported increased rates of specific cancers including pancreatic, liver, and testicular cancer.  Whether or not animal effects will be the same in humans is not known.  Based on conversations with EPA, there is not enough information at this time to identify a specific level of GenX that might be associated with an increased risk for cancer.  

What is recommended for people who have had long-term exposure to GenX?

The long-term health effects of GenX in humans are not known. Routine preventative medical care is important to identify health conditions early. Please consult your health care provider if you have specific concerns about your health.


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