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Benzene Exposure Linked to Leukemia

Benzene is a known carcinogen and has been linked to different types of Leukemia, including:

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Aplastic Anemia

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Leukemia, you might have been exposed to benzene and may qualify for significant compensation. Contact us today for a free case review. 

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What is Benzene?

Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon, and it is an extremely toxic chemical to humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorizes benzene as a Group 1 human carcinogen which means that many scientific studies conducted over 50 years have definitively concluded that benzene causes cancer in humans. 

 

Benzene is commonly found in solvents, paints, glues, adhesives, gasoline, and jet fuel, and is used in both industrial processes and in consumer products.  It has been shown to cause cancer in the blood-forming organs such as the bone marrow.  Benzene causes blood related cancers, including Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Aplastic Anemia, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Multiple Myeloma and Myelofibrosis.

 

Prolonged exposure to benzene, either through inhalation or skin contact, can damage cells and those damaged cells can lead to blood cancers.

How Does Benzene Exposure Occur?

Benzene exposure can occur in various ways, primarily involving inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. Here are a few ways people can be exposed to benzene:

  • Occupational Contact: Workers in many different industries are exposed to benzene on a daily basis, including refinery workers, tanker truck drivers, auto mechanics, seamen, gasoline station attendants, fuel tank workers, painters, printers, rubber workers, aircraft workers, electronics workers, shoe and leather workers, farmers, carpenters, furniture workers, metal workers, janitorial workers, chemical plant workers, chemical distribution workers and hazardous waste workers.
  • Gasoline Handling: Those handling gasoline, like gas station attendants, can be exposed to benzene through inhalation or skin contact.
  • Consumer Goods Usage: Benzene is found in products like paints, adhesives, and plastics, posing a risk through consumer use.
  • Industrial Emissions: Releases from industrial facilities contribute to environmental benzene exposure for nearby populations.
  • Water Contamination: Benzene can contaminate water sources, leading to exposure through ingestion or skin contact.
  • Waste Disposal: Improper disposal of benzene-containing products can contaminate soil and water near waste disposal sites.

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Leukemia, you might have been exposed to benzene and may qualify for significant compensation. Contact us today for a free case review. 

How Does Benzene Exposure Cause Cancer?

Benzene exposure causes cancer by damaging the DNA in cells and producing mutated cells.  The mutated cells can cause overproduction of certain cell types or the production of too few cell types.  

 

This can result in the body producing increased numbers of cells that cause cancer, called oncogenes, and producing decreased numbers of cells that prevent cancer.   

 

This increases the risk of leukemia and other blood disorders, including Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Aplastic Anemia, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Multiple Myeloma and Myelofibrosis.

What Medical Conditions Does Benzene Exposure Cause?

Benzene exposure has been linked to multiple cancers and severe medical conditions, including:

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with Leukemia, you might have been exposed to benzene and may qualify for significant compensation. Contact us today for a free case review.

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