Benzene Exposure Causes Cancer
Benzene is a dangerous chemical. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), benzene exposure causes cancer in humans. Long-term benzene exposure damages the bone marrow and can cause serious diseases, including several types of cancer. The effects of benzene exposure can be seen in the blood; benzene-related damage to the bone marrow can cause excessive bleeding and can hurt the immune system as well, increasing the risk for infection. Benzene and solvent exposure is a major cause of several blood-related cancers and diseases, including:
Benzene is known for its sweet odor. When it is a liquid, it is colorless to light yellow. It is highly flammable. Because benzene evaporates very quickly, those working with or near benzene are likely to breathe in the vapors, causing significant benzene exposure and increased risk of disease.
Because benzene is one of the top 20 most commonly used chemicals in the United States, occupational exposure to this dangerous carcinogen is a serious and widespread problem, it is a hazard for many occupations, including:
- Chemical industry workers
- Petroleum industry workers
- Printing industry workers
- Railroad workers
- Refinery workers
- Rubber industry workers
- Seamen on barges or cargo vessels
Workers in many other industries are also at risk.
Despite the known risks of benzene exposure, benzene has a long history in the United States, and millions of American workers have been exposed to the chemical. Scientists are continuing to learn more about the damaging effects of long-term benzene exposure.
If you or someone you love has been injured by benzene exposure, you deserve to know your legal rights and have experienced legal help. If you or a loved one has been affected by non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), aplastic anemia, multiple myeloma or other types of cancer caused by benzene exposure, we may be able to help you secure compensation.