Chemical Workers & Benzene
Workers at chemical facilities are at a higher risk of developing blood and bone marrow cancers such as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). These illnesses result from exposures to benzene during the production of petroleum products and distillates. Some of these benzene-containing products include mineral spirits, xylene, toluene and naptha. These products have a variety of uses, including as a cleaning solvent. Benzene is also used in the production of lubricants, dyes, pesticides and detergents.