What Types of Workers Were Deemed to be Most at Risk?
More than one in five workers reported being exposed to at least one of the 24 known cancer-risks the study examined. Most of the exposures occurred in male-dominated industrial jobs. The petroleum and chemical industry was well represented. Common trades within that industry include:
What Cancers Are Caused By Benzene?
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies benzene as a Group One Carcinogen.This list includes plutonium and asbestos. Benzene has been linked to cancers like leukemia since World War II. Prolonged exposures to benzene are linked with the following cancers:
Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
Multiple Myeloma (MM)
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL)
Can Workers Be Protected From Benzene?
Benzene is still used in many products today. However, there are often safer alternatives such as alcohol for cleaning. Those alternatives should be used when possible. When there are no other alternatives, companies must properly protect their workers from benzene. Well-fitted respirators and vapor-recovery systems are readily available. Too often, the chemical industry prioritizes profits over safety. Surveys like this one from Europe can help all workers better understand their cancer risk and demand appropriate protections against cancer.
A Leukemia Law Firm Working For You
Benzene cancer cases are complex undertakings. The industry spends a lot of money attempting to avoid responsibility. The time to file any lawsuit is limited and varies by state. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome or another bone or blood cancer after exposure to benzene, call 1-800-BENZENE and speak to a lawyer today.