What You Need To Know About Benzene Exposure
Benzene is a chemical solvent to which many people have been exposed in their homes, workplaces and daily travels. Commonly found in cigarette smoke, oil and gas emissions, benzene was once widely found in manufacturing plants and remains one of the top 20 chemicals made in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, benzene is prevalent in industries that make plastics, resins, nylon and synthetic fibers. It is also used to make some lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. Factory workers who faced habitual exposure to benzene often grew ill, and some even developed cancer.
The majority of those suffering from benzene toxicity or benzene-related cancer worked in industrial settings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified several of these industries and workers at risk, including:
- Factory workers
- Coal miners
- Steel workers
- Printing press workers
- Rubber manufacturers
- Shoe makers
- Lab technicians
- Gas station employees
These workers likely breathed in benzene unknowingly over a period of time, or came into direct contact with the chemical, allowing it to penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream.
Cancer From Benzene?
After decades of widespread use of the chemical, we now know that benzene causes cancer in humans. According to the American Cancer Society, the link between benzene and cancer is centered on leukemia and cancers of the blood cells. Studies show that factory workers who were exposed to benzene in the workplace long term* have developed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) at a particularly high rate. This type of cancer is also known as Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. *Long-term benzene exposure is considered one year or more.
Other Health Concerns
Other major health issues from benzene exposure can involve the blood cells. This dangerous chemical can also attack bone marrow and immune system. This can lead to medical problems such as:
- Excessive bleeding
- Neurological issues (headaches, dizziness, unconsciousness, etc.)
Benzene Cancer Lawyers
Ward Black Law, based in Greensboro, N.C., is reviewing potential cases for those who have faced serious health issues or cancer after excessive benzene exposure. If you have been diagnosed with leukemia, or if a loved one worked in a factory where benzene was widely used, contact us today. You may be eligible to recover compensation for illness, wage loss and medical bills. The attorneys at Ward Black Law have years of experience in dangerous products litigation and can provide a free case review to anyone interested in pursuing a benzene claim. Call toll-free at 1-800-531-9191 or email us for more information.