Benzene is a naturally occurring chemical used in the production of plastics, nylon, rubber, synthetic fibers, dyes, detergents, pesticides, and some drugs. It can also be found in gasoline and cigarette smoke. Benzene has been identified as a carcinogen, and long-term exposure can lead to benzene poisoning, which can cause anemia, lymphoma, and leukemia, a form of cancer.
People can be exposed to benzene in a number of ways, including:
- Automobile fumes
- Cigarette smoke
- Paint fumes
- Groundwater contamination - benzene can enter the environment through toxic spills and underground storage leaks
- Work environment - people who work with benzene in manufacturing plants are at the highest risk of benzene exposure
Long-term exposure to benzene can result in the development of several conditions and diseases including:
- Anemia - a condition in which the number of red blood cells is diminished.
- Leukemia - benzene poisoning has been linked to acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).
- Lymphoma - benzene exposure has been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Reproductive system damage
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The effects of chemical exposure, including benzene poisoning, can adversely affect your health and quality of life. If you or a loved one has been harmed by exposure to benzene, you may be entitled to financial compensation from negligent parties. For more information about chemical exposure litigation and to determine if you have a case, contact an attorney with experience in benzene litigation.