Benzene leukemia has been associated with long-term exposure to the hazardous chemical benzene. Benzene, which is a carcinogen, can be found in rubbers, plastics, synthetic fabrics, and resins. It is a clear, colorless and flammable liquid. This dangerous chemical has been strictly regulated by the federal government’s Environmental Protection Agency, but it is still a risk for many people in industrial professions.
While benzene has been shown to cause serious health risks at all levels of exposure, the risk of benzene leukemia is a heightened threat to those people who have been exposed to the carcinogen for five years or more. People with extensive exposure to chemical plants, the oil industry, rubber making, paper manufacturing, pesticides, paint and newspaper printers, as well as other professionals who are exposed to petroleum solvents, may have a significantly higher risk of benzene leukemia.
Benzene exposure has been associated particularly with myelogenous leukemia. Myelogenous leukemia is a cancer that forms within the body’s white blood cells. White blood cells destroy foreign bacteria and cells in the body that could cause infection or illness. Myelogenous leukemia causes the body’s production of white and red blood cells to be disturbed, substantially weakening the body’s immune system and causing anemia in many cases. Patients suffering from myelogenous benzene leukemia have impaired strength and are significantly more susceptible to infection.
Benzene leukemia can be acute or chronic. Acute leukemia attacks the cells of the body much more aggressively than chronic leukemia and usually requires immediate treatment through chemotherapy. Chronic leukemia can last for many years with a limited number of cancerous cells and few symptoms. Long-term benzene exposure can also result in other serious blood diseases.
Though the federal Environmental Protection Agency has banned the hazardous chemical benzene throughout the United States, it is still found in numerous industrial materials and at many work sites. Failure to abide by federal regulations endangers the health and longevity of workers every day in jobs with toxic hazards.If you or someone you love has experienced benzene leukemia due to occupational or other chemical hazards, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your pain and suffering. Please contact us to speak with a qualified benzene leukemia attorney who can evaluate your case and maximize your legal rights.
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