Leukemia Health News

Leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow, covers four main cancer types, each with their own causes and treatments. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) causes an abundance of immature, cancerous white blood cells. For factory workers, one of the greatest contributors to this rare form of leukemia is benzene exposure. Exposure to benzene in dangerous levels often occurs at the workplace. Firefighters, chemical plant workers, microchip and tire manufacturing, and many other occupations carry a strong risk of benzene-caused AML leukemia. Consumer Justice Group’s unsafe workplace attorneys have the experience and our nationwide network of plaintiff lawyers have the reputation and legal resources necessary to win benzene lawsuits.

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Leukemia and Benzene

Benzene causes leukemia. Benzene as a cause of leukemia had documented since 1928 (1 p. 7-9). In 1948, the American Petroleum Institute officially reported a link between this solvent used in many of their industries used and cases of leukemia in their workers. Their findings concluded that the only safe level of benzene exposure is no exposure at all (2).

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What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is a cancer occurring in a bone’s marrow cells. Though images of skeletons give us the impression that our bones are solid, the rigid exterior actually houses a spongy middle called the marrow. When functioning normally, marrow cells produce the three different types of blood cells (red, white, and platelets) your body needs to carry nutrients to its organs, attack germs, and heal wounds. In leukemia patients, these marrow cells overproduce, flooding the blood with defective cells.

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Computer Cancer Cover-up

Workers at IBM and at other microchip fabs, or “fabrication plants,” are exposed to benzene and other toxic carcinogens that can cause birth defects, leukemia, and other serious, debilitating medical conditions. While “bunny suits” prevent dust, hair, and skin cells from coming into contact with microchips, too often not enough is done in microchip factories to prevent the person inside the suit from breathing dangerous cancer-causing chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde while at the workplace.

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Leukemia Clinical Trials

The battle to cure leukemia rages daily throughout America. The frontline of leukemia treatment remains in laboratories and in controlled, cutting edge experiments called “clinical trials.” These research studies rely on volunteers to test a variety of treatments ranging from alternative medicine to groundbreaking treatments like immunotherapy (also called “biological therapy”) which boosts the body’s immune system to fight cancer (instead of attacking the leukemia cells with radiation or chemicals).

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Did Benzene Cause Your Cancer?

Benzene is an industrial solvent used to refine petroleum products and produce synthetics, an additive found in gasoline, and a chemical found in shoe and microprocessor manufacturing. Despite its popularity with industry, benzene is a dangerous carcinogen shown to cause leukemia and other blood disorders. Benzene carries the Environmental Protection Agency 2005’s “carcinogenic to humans” status (formerly labeled “Class A” or “known carcinogen”).

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Leukemia and the Workplace

Leukemia, or cancer of the bone marrow cells affecting white blood cell production, can be caused by workplace exposure to certain chemicals. Below is a list of the most common occupations at-risk of developing leukemia through benzene and other carcinogenic chemicals.

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Benzene Exposure in Tire Manufacturing

Benzene exposure occurs throughout the tire manufacturing process. The various workers who store, mix, load and unload solvents (including tire builders and tubers, laboratory technicians, and maintenance personnel) are all exposed to this carcinogen.

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Alternative Leukemia Treatment

Doctors agree: leukemia has no single cause. Too many risk factors and unknowns about the human body still exist to limit the disease to just one culprit. As Western medicine realizes the complexity of diseases like leukemia, many doctors have also accepted that there may not be a single “best” treatment for restoring a patient back to health.

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Benzene, Soda, and Leukemia

Responding to benzene soda cases in Europe, a 2006 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study concluded that a number of soft drinks on the U.S. market contained benzene levels higher (some 17 times higher) than permissible for drinking water.

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