What is Leukemia

Leukemia is cancer of the blood-forming tissues, the bone marrow, lymph nodes and the spleen. It is one of 100 cancer diseases producing abnormal cells in large numbers.

Common Types of Leukemia

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia the most common type of leukemia in young children. Adults over 65 are also at greater risk.
  • Acute myeloid leukemia occurs in both children and adults.
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia most often found in adults over age 55.
  • Chronic myeloid leukemia occurs mainly in adults, but has been found in young children.

What is Benzene

Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon that is produced by the burning of natural products. It is a component of products derived from coal and petroleum and is found in gasoline and other fuels. Benzene is used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals. Research has shown benzene to be a carcinogen (cancer causing). With exposures from less than 5 years to more than 30 years, individuals have developed, and died from, leukemia. Long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood production. Short-term exposure to high levels of benzene can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. The current permissible exposure level is 1 part per million (ppm) in air for an 8 hour average with a short-term exposure limit of 5 ppm. Benzene can also be absorbed through the skin.

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Types of Jobs/Careers Linked

  • Printers
  • Painters
  • Oil Workers (Drivers, Drillers, Oil Service)
  • Almost any significant exposure to Benzene.
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Almost any job where significant use of solvents, cleaners or other petroleum products are used.

Here Are Some Example Benzene Cases That We Have Reviewed

  • Painter Diagnosed with Myleodysplastic Syndromes
  • Environmental Clenup Worker with Leukemia (Cleaned out Gas storage tanks)
  • Printer with Acute Leukemia exposed to solvents used in cleaning printing presses.
  • Case filed for Long term Auto Mechanic who developed AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)
  • Lawsuit filed for Mechanic who developed Aplastic Anemia
  • Maintanence and Construction worker who developed CML (Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia)

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