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follow the proper safety procedures to protect their employees from benzene
and other harmful substances. At Shrader & Associates L.L.P., our
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What Is Benzene?
Benzene is a clear, highly flammable liquid with a sweet, gassy smell.
It is an organic solvent used primarily to make other chemicals and various
plastics. Benzene is often present as a constituent or contaminant in
numerous solvents, such as xylene, toluene, mineral spirits, and other
products. The chemical is derived from petroleum and, as such, is often
found in oil-based paints, various degreasers, and gasoline.
Benzene & Leukemia/Lymphomas
Exposure to benzene causes cancer in humans. Numerous individuals in various
industries have experienced benzene-related forms of leukemia and lymphoma.
It is often inhaled and can enter the body through skin absorption. Once
in the bloodstream, it affects the bone marrow, which in turn damages
white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets over time. This liquid
can cause short-term problems as well, such as dizziness, drowsiness,
or even unconsciousness at certain levels.
The diseases associated with long term exposure are:
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) – AML is a slow-developing and severe disease of the blood and bone
marrow. AML is also sub-classified by doctors in order to help them evaluate
and treat the disease.
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) – MDS encompasses a group of diseases that affect the bone marrow
and blood in different ways. Most MDS patients are older than 60. Different
subdivisions of MDS include refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts
(RARS), refractory anemia with excess blasts (RAEB), chronic myelomonycitic
leukemia (CMML), and myeloproliferative disorder. Various other forms
of blood and bone-marrow diseases fall under the MDS category, and the
names and classifications of MDS are constantly changing to help doctors
Lymphomas – Lymphomas are cancers that affect the immune system and cells
in the lymphatic system of the body. Specific types of Lymphomas include
Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL),
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL), and various others.
Aplastic Anemia – This condition affects the blood cells and can also evolve into
other forms of blood and bone marrow cancers.
Workers Who Are Often Exposed to Benzene
It can be found in various industries and work environments where people
are working directly with solvents and other chemicals. Some industries
and trades include refinery workers, ship or barge workers, printers,
painters, rubber workers or tire builders, mechanics, and gasoline distribution workers.
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with the next steps. We understand that being diagnosed with any of these
diseases is hugely stressful, and discovering that a company, or even
your own employer, was responsible can be infuriating.
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