One of the worst things that can happen is a disease caused by a hazard at the workplace. In this case, that hazard comes in the form of Benzene. This substance can be extremely dangerous to those who come into contact with it. It seems as though it becomes more and more dangerous the longer you are in contact with it.
This is why you should be careful when you are knowingly in contact with it. If you are to get any of these diseases and benzene is the cause of it, then you have a case against your employer for their negligence. Let’s take a closer look at why it is so dangerous to be in contact with it for any length of time. The diseases explained below are just a few of what you can get from exposure with benzene.
Why is benzene so dangerous for you?
Benzene is a well-known carcinogen and has been found naturally in gasoline and crude oil. It is one of the most widely-used chemicals in the United States. Exposure to this chemical can lead to long-term negative developments, such as the development of a few types of cancer. These cancers include two types of leukemia, such as acute lymphocytic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia.
This is the reason benzene is so dangerous: it can lead to an eventual death if these diseases aren’t treated on time. Let’s go into further detail about the two types of leukemia you may run into if you’re in contact with benzene for any length of time.
– Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
This type of cancer is also called acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It has been reported before that workers who come into contact with gasoline, crude oil, toluene, naphtha, xylene, or other solvents may very well be diagnosed with ALL. Literature has shown that benzene is the chemical most associated with the diagnosis of ALL.
Acute lymphocytic leukemia is a form that begins with the white blood cells called lymphocytes in the person’s bone marrow. This leads to the cancer delving further into the blood rather quickly. Because of its presence in the blood, the cancer will travel to places like the lymph nodes, the liver, and the spleen.
– Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
This is an aggressive cancer located in the blood. There are several forms of leukemia but this is the type most associated with exposure to benzene. There are specialists who argue that benzene only causes certain types of leukemia.
They, however, agree that benzene directly causes AML to show up for people who suffer from it. If you’ve been diagnosed with AML and you have a history of coming into contact with solvents or fuels, there’s a great chance that benzene has caused your case of AML. Contact a lawyer to take this case to court if at all possible.
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