Benzene Exposure Can Cause Leukemia
Exposure to toxic chemicals and solvents like benzene can cause leukemia, lymphoma, and other serious and life-threatening blood disorders. Workers in a variety of industries and trades unknowingly risk their health when exposed to dangerous levels of benzene on the job. Consumers who use products containing the chemical benzene may also be at risk. Workers and consumers who develop blood cancer (leukemia) caused by benzene exposure may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Occupations and Jobs at Risk to Benzene Exposure
Benzene exposure in the work place to may cause acute myelogenous leukemia. While benzene has been banned in the United States for over 20 years, workers are still exposed to significant amounts of benzene poisoning when working with petroleum products. Most workers come into contact with benzene by breathing it into their lungs or absorbing it through their skin when working with solvents. In the U.S. millions of workers are exposed to significant amounts of benzene every year. Even small amounts of exposure to benzene can cause acute myelogenous leukemia cancer.
High-risk Benzene Exposure Jobs
Benzene Exposure Side Effects
Breathing very high levels of benzene can result in death. High levels of benzene exposure can cause drowsiness, dizziness, rapid heart rate, headaches, tremors, confusion, and unconsciousness. Eating or drinking foods containing high levels of benzene can cause vomiting, irritation of the stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, convulsions, rapid heart rate, and death.
The major effect of benzene from long-term exposure is on the blood. Benzene causes harmful effects on the bone marrow and can cause a decrease in red blood cells leading to anemia. It can also cause excessive bleeding and can affect the immune system, increasing the chance for infection.
Long-term exposure to high levels of benzene in the air can cause leukemia, particularly acute myelogenous leukemia, often referred to as AML. This is a cancer of the blood-forming organs. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that benzene is a known carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the EPA have determined that benzene is carcinogenic to humans.
Toxic Benzene Exposure Side Effects
There are accute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) side effects to a person being exposed to the chemical benzene.
Benzene Lawsuits – Talk to a Benzene Lawyer
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with any of the following leukemia's, then please contact us immediately:
- Aplastic Anemia (AA)
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL)
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