What is Leukemia?

Leukemia is the general name for several different types of blood cancers.  The following links will direct you to web pages maintained by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with detailed information on each type of Leukemia:

There are a variety of factors that increase one’s risk of developing leukemia, including chronic exposure to benzene that exceeds federally approved safety limits, certain types of chemotherapies, down syndrome and some other genetic diseases, radiation therapy used to treat other types of cancer, and tobacco smoke.

What is benzene?

Benzene is a highly flammable, clear, colorless, sweet-smelling liquid used in the production of plastics, paints, rubber, resins, detergents, lubricants, drugs, pesticides, and a variety of other products. Benzene is frequently used in petroleum refineries and is a naturally occurring compound of gasoline and crude oil.

How does it affect my health?

Scientists have discovered a relationship between chronic exposure to benzene and several diseases, including anemia, leukemia and serveal other diseases of the immune system. One of the most common of these diseases is Acute Myelogenous or Myeloid Leukemia (AML), which causes the body to produce an excess of immature white blood cells. The malignant cells begin to replace bone marrow and normal blood cells cease to function. Symptoms of this disease include prolonged bleeding, skin rash, fatigue, bone pain, and weight loss.¬† Secondary Aplastic Anemia, Myelodysplasia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Lymphacitic Leukemia (CLL) and Multiple Myeloma have also been linked to benzene exposure.

If you have one of the diseases listed above, and were exposed to high levels of benzene, the attorneys at F. Gerald Maples, P.A. may be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for your injuries and medical expenses. Please contact us for a free consultation.

Where is benzene exposure likely to occur?

Workers in petroleum refineries and workers involved in transporting or handling benzene products  are most at risk of suffering health effects from benzene exposure. Among those most affected are: petroleum refinery employees; workers involved in transporting benzene, gasoline or crude oil by truck, barge or railroad; and workers involved in producing plastics, paint, rubber, resins, detergents, lubricants, drugs, or pesticides.

Given the serious health effects associated with long term benzene exposure, it is important for anybody with significant, long term exposure to have regular medical checkups and monitor their health closely.

Where can I find more information on benzene?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency

The National Toxicology Program

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society