Artificial Turf: Cancers Among Players

Cancers among soccer players who have played on synthetic turf and reported their cancers to U of Washington associate women’s soccer coach Amy Griffin.

Eight months ago, in April of 2016, there were 166 soccer players who had gotten cancer — and 102 of those were goalkeepers.

Now, in December 2016, there are 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer and 116 of them are goalkeepers. That means 62% of the soccer players who have gotten cancer are goal keepers, who we know are the most heavily exposed to the synthetic turf. The average age of the soccer players who have gotten cancer is 20-21 years old.

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 48 have Hodgkin's Lymphoma — 29 of the 48 are goalkeepers — which means 60% of the soccer players who got Hodgkin's lymphoma are goalkeepers;

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 26 have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma — 13 are goalkeepers — which means 50% of the soccer players who got non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are goalkeepers;

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 42 have Leukemia -- 29 are goalkeepers — which means 70% of the soccer players who got leukemia are goalkeepers;

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 17 have sarcomas — 9 are goalkeepers — which means 53% of the soccer players who got sarcomas are goalkeepers;

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 11 have testicular cancer — 6 are goalkeepers — which means 55% of the soccer players who got testicular cancer are goalkeepers;

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 9 have thyroid cancer — 8 are goalkeepers — which means 89% of the soccer players who got thyroid cancer are goalkeepers (1 was a field hockey goalkeeper);

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 9 have brain cancer — 6 are goalkeepers — which means 67% of the soccer players who got brain cancer are goalkeepers;

Of the 186 soccer players who have gotten cancer, 3 have lung cancer — all are goalkeepers — which means 100% of the soccer players who got lung cancer are goalkeepers.

There are reported 74 soccer players with either Hodgkin's lymphoma or non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, while there are 42 soccer players who have gotten leukemias. In the general population there are usually more leukemias than lymphomas. In this instance, there are almost double the number of lymphomas to leukemias.

All in all, there are 116 cases of blood cancers among the 186 who have gotten cancer. That means 62% of the soccer players who have gotten cancer have gotten blood cancers.

To date, There are 234 total athletes who have played on synthetic turf and have cancer — and have known to report their cancers to Amy Griffin.