Most people are aware of forms of cancer like leukemia and breast cancer. However, many aren’t educated on others that are becoming more common, such as myleodysplastic syndromes (MDS). MDS are a formulation of hematological conditions that are brought together when there is a lack of white and red blood cells in the body. As a result of the bone marrow stem cell, MDS are disorder that form and can force ineffective blood production. MDS was once referred to as “preleukemia” because it typically progresses to the development of leukemia.
When a patient with MDS begins experiencing an atypical production of blood cells, the blood manifests itself by creating defects in its blood-forming cells. As this disorderly conduct of the blood cells continues, the bone marrow commonly begins to deteriorate.
There are many environmental factors that researchers have found can lead to the development of MDS. Among the top causes is exposure to the known carcinogen, benzene. Benzene has been linked to various forms of leukemia and those who develop these types of cancer are usually exposed to the chemical at work or in their community without their knowledge.
Benzene was used as an additive in gasoline and sometimes still is; although, alternatives are now available. The chemical is also used to produce synthetic rubber, various dyes and many plastics.
When humans ingest, inhale and handle benzene over an extended period of time, they initially develop MDS. According to research, one-third of MDS victims’ health progressively gets worse after their diagnosis and they are then diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
MDS patients often experience the following symptoms before receiving their diagnosis:
• Bleeding and easy bruising
• Reoccurring infections
• Extreme Fatigue
• Pale skin
If you are suffering from the above symptoms and believe you have been exposed to benzene, please contact us today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys who will evaluate your case and ensure that you receive the legal advice and support you need and deserve.
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