Benzene is a by-product derived from coal and petroleum.
In the U.S., benzene is produced in very large quantities and is
mainly used in gasoline to prevent engine-knocking. Benzene is also
used in large quantities in the production of solvents, paints,
adhesives, plastics, pesticides, detergents, and other similar industries
that we have described on our website.
Workers in these industries are usually exposed to benzene by inhaling
the vapors or absorbing it through skin contact. Studies have shown
that either form of exposure can cause numerous severe illnesses,
including AML or "acute myelogenous leukemia." AML is
the most commonly caused cancer from benzene exposure. AML has been
diagnosed in workers exposed to benzene for less than five years.
The diagnosis of AML may come several years after a worker's exposure
to benzene. This is called a "latency period" and in most
cases, the onset of AML can come over 10 years after exposure.
If you are uncertain of your exposure to benzene or have any questions
about your diagnosis of leukemia, especially AML, contact us.
We will investigate your case at no charge to you or your family.