Gas Station Attendants & Leukemia
Why are gas station attendants at elevated risk for leukemia? Individuals who worked as gas station attendants prior to the 1990's may have been exposed to dangerous levels of benzene. Benzene exposures can sicken workers decades after the actual exposures. As a result of their benzene exposures, gas station attendants are at an elevated risk for leukemia, including myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML).