PFAS and Your Health

ATSDR PFAS Frequently Asked QuestionsThe State of Michigan is working with the National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and additional partners to better understand how PFAS might affect people’s health.

Scientists are still learning about the health effects of exposures to mixtures of PFAS. Although more research is needed, some studies in people have shown that certain PFAS may:

  • Lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant
  • Increase the chance of high blood pressure in pregnant women
  • Increase the chance of thyroid disease
  • Increase cholesterol levels
  • Change immune response
  • Increase the chance of cancer, especially kidney and testicular cancers

National health information from ATSDR: PFAS and Your Health

Recommendations and information about PFAS foam on Michigan lakes and streams

Resources for Residents

PFAS in Drinking Water Factsheet MDHHS PFAS Foam Fact Sheet    
PFAS in Drinking Water
Fact Sheet
Foam and PFAS Fact Sheet                          
ATSDR fact sheet Cómo enfrentar el estrés que puede causar la contaminación ambiental ATSDR Fact Sheet Exposición a las PFAS y su salud
Coping with the stress that
environmental contamination
can cause
Cómo enfrentar el estrés que puede
causar la contaminación ambiental

PFAS Exposure and Your Health

Exposición a las PFAS y su salud

Resources for Clinicians

An Overview of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Interim Guidance for Clinicians Responding to Patient Exposure Concerns The Family Tree of PFAS for Environmental Health Professionals Árbol genealógico de las sustancias PFAS ASTDR Continuing Education for Clinicians

An Overview of PFAS Substances and
Interim Guidance for Clinicians
Responding to Patient
Exposure Concerns

The Family Tree of PFAS for
Environmental Health Professionals
Árbol genealógico de las sustancias PFAS ASTDR PFAS Continuing
Education for Clinicians

If you are concerned about exposure to PFAS in your drinking water, contact the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Toxicology Hotline at 800-648-6942.

Questions on the health impacts of PFAS? Visit our FAQs for more information.