Benzene 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. People that are exposed to benzene for a time period anywhere from 3 years to 35 years have developed Leukemia and died from it. Long-term exposure may also result in problems with bone marrow and blood production. Short-term effects can cause drowsiness, dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death. In the workplace, where people are most at risk, you should protect yourself from the harmful chemical
Studies are showing that Benzene inflicts genetic damage and has been linked to childhood leukemia in the offspring of those exposed long term. Also, neighborhoods within two blocks of gas stations are exposed to benzene levels that increase the risk of leukemia.
Those who work with Benzene are particularly at a higher risk of developing an illness because they inhale the vapors released from the solvent products. If they make contact with the chemical it seeps through the skin as well. Some of the high-risk group occupations have been identified as chemical workers, refinery workers, rubber workers, printers, leather workers, press workers, painters, and gasoline distributors.
In addition to respiratory problems, skin problems, and blood disorders, the cancers that are linked to benzene exposure include acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), hairy cell leukemia (HCL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin’s disease, multiple myeloma, and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).
Reports dating as far back as 1897 prove the definite link between Benzene and blood disorders. If you are exposed to Benzene through your occupation and experience any of these symptoms, you need to seek medical attention:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Excessive bruising
- Reduced tolerance to exercise
- Weight loss
- Bone or joint pain
- Infection and fever
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Enlarged spleen, lymph nodes, and liver
The effects of exposure to Benzene sometimes take years before they begin to show up in the form of leukemia or other blood disorders. If you are working around Benzene you need to let your doctor know and discuss your exposure with the dangerous chemical.
If you are suffering serious illness and believe it is related to years of exposure to Benzene, you need to contact an attorney who is an expert in environmental issues such as this. Contact Passen & Powell at 312-527- today to discuss your work history and the facts surrounding your illness and exposure.