Benzene

 

Exposure to benzene is linked to blood cancers and blood disorders.Benzene is a colorless, flammable, aromatic liquid, derived from petroleum and used in or to manufacture a wide variety of chemical products, including DDT, detergents, insecticides, and motor fuels. Benzene is also used in the production of plastics, rubber, resins, nylon, glues, dyes, paints, detergents and pesticides. It naturally occurs in crude oil and is a component of petroleum products such as gasoline.

Benzene is a human carcinogen The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have determined that benzene is linked to the development of blood cancers and blood disorders caused by occupational benzene exposure including acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), acute lymphocyte leukemia (ALL) myelodysplastic syndrome (which can progress into acute myelogenous leukemia over time), aplastic anemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, (NHL) multiple myeloma, chronic myelogenous leukemia, CML acute lymphocytic leukemia, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.(CLL) and myelodysplactic syndrome (MDS)

The association between benzene and Bladder Cancer is now well established. Bladder cancer, the nation’s fifth most common form of cancer, claims 13,000 deaths annually and strikes 60,000 people each year. Bladder cancer begins with overproduction of cells in the bladder lining, and has a staggering recurrence rate of nearly 80 per cent.

Bladder cancer symptoms are often missed or unrecognized, leading to metastasis and often death. Early symptoms including blood in the urine and urgency or frequency of urination are often misinterpreted by patients and doctors alike. While the exact causes of all bladder cancers are unknown, certain exposures are strongly linked to its development—certainly smoking has been found to be a significant risk factor, as well as exposure to asbestos. But other factors include exposure to numerous carcinogens, and significantly among them, benzene.

Workers in the rubber, chemical and leather industries are at risk, as well as painters, textile workers, fire fighters and hairdressers.

If you or a loved one has been exposed to benzene or other carcinogens at your workplace and have been diagnosed with bladder cancer, you may have a legal claim.

 

 









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