Benzene Exposure Health Effects
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Exposure to the carcinogen, Benzene, has been linked to a variety of devastating diseases, illnesses, and medical conditions. Workers who are exposed to large amounts of Benzene in their occupation are especially at risk for serious Benzene related health conditions, including Leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease. In fact, in the late 1890’s it was discovered that Benzene exposure caused a variety of diseases in humans, including Aplastic Anemia. Over one hundred years later, groups are still debating the consequences involved in Benzene exposure, as well as the amounts at which Benzene exposure is dangerous.
Long term Benzene exposure has been linked to a variety of dangerous and deadly medical conditions. The following lists some of the health effects associated with varying levels of Benzene exposure:
- Bladder cancer
- Blood disorders
- Damage to the central nervous system
- Female infertility
- Lung cancer
- Menstrual cycle problems
- Immune system problems
- Women’s health disorders affecting the ovaries
In addition to the above listed medical conditions, the following diseases may also be linked to Benzene exposure:
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) – A malignant cancer that can be distinguished by a buildup of immature white blood cells. The blood cells begin to replace bone marrow and normal blood cells stop functioning all together.
Acute Myelogenous or Myeloid Leukemia (AML) – A condition that causes bone marrow to produce too many immature white blood cells. Over 10,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year.
Aplastic Anemia – A bone marrow disease in which too few white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets are produced. Oxygen is unable to travel to organs and tissue and the body has difficulty fighting infections.
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) – Cancer of the white blood cells where the amount of cells increases in the bone marrow and blood. This condition causes bone marrow failure.
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) – This condition is also referred to as Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia, and may result in bone marrow failure due to blood forming cells that grow very quickly in tissues, bone marrow, and blood.
Hairy Cell Leukemia – Rare form of cancer affecting human bone marrow and blood.
Hodgkin’s disease – This form of cancer takes place in the lymphatic tissue, which includes the lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, and liver which are all involved in the immune and blood forming systems.
Leukemia – Cancer of the blood cells where abnormal white blood cells are produced by the bone marrow. Tens of thousands of new cases of the four main types of Leukemia are diagnosed each year in the United States.
Multiple Myeloma – Cancer affecting the plasma cells in bone marrow, in which plasma cells grow too large and does not properly function. This form of cancer can lead to paralysis and bone damage.
Myelodysplasia – A medical condition in which blood cell production decreases and the blood cells may not function appropriately. Myelodysplasia can advance to Leukemia.
Myelodysplastic Syndromes – A variety of medical conditions which are characterized by bone marrow alterations, which may be linked to pre-leukemia.
Myelofibrosis – A health condition where bone marrow cells are produced in the liver and spleen and are then replaced by tissue.
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – Cancer located in the lymphoid tissues in organs found in the immune system, such as the lymph nodes and spleen.
Pancytopenia – Blood deficiency affecting the erythrocytes (red blood cells), platelets, and leukocytes (white blood cells).
Secondary Aplastic Anemia – Also referred to as Acquired Aplastic Anemia, this condition occurs when the bone marrow fails to form blood cells resulting in a decrease in all blood cells.
Sinonasal Cancer – Many cancers have been linked to environmental factors, but sinonasal cancer in particular has been found to occur most particularly in individuals who have been engaged in industrial work. Successful treatment for sinonasal cancer is largely dependent upon catching it in its early stages, but as will be seen, this can be difficult because this form of cancer mimics other, less serious illnesses.
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia – A form of cancer that begins in bone marrow. Known also as acute myeloblastic leukemia, acute myelocytic leukemia, and acute nonlymphocytic leukemia, AML strikes immature and defective cells of the bone marrow. AML is not inherited, but rather results from exposure to one of numerous substances, including benzene. Indeed, while sometimes it is difficult to determine a link between exposure to a substance and AML, workers who are regularly exposed to benzene are most prone to the disease.
Thrombocythemia – A condition in which there are too many platelets being produced in the bone marrow causing difficulties with blood clotting. Symptoms include skin bruising easily, swollen lymph nodes, and excessive bleeding.
If you have been exposed to Benzene in the workplace or have suffered from any of the above listed medical conditions or diseases, you should hire skilled legal representation from Nadrich & Cohen, LLP immediately to protect your rights.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of Benzene exposure, please contact a Benzene Cancer attorney at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP immediately.