Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a cancer that starts in the cells of bone marrow, the spongy inner part of certain bones where fresh blood cells are made. Most of the time, AML begins in blasts, the early forms of white blood cells, preventing them from fully developing, which prevents them from warding off infection.
AML, a form of leukemia, is a fast-growing cancer that invades the blood rapidly and can sometimes spread to other parts of the body such as the liver, spleen, brain, spinal cord, and testicles.
There are several subtypes of AML:
M0 – Undifferentiated acute myeloblastic leukemia
M1 – Acute myeloblastic leukemia with minimal maturation
M2 – Acute myeloblastic leukemia with maturation
M3 – Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)
M4 – Acute myelomonocytic leukemia
M4 eos – Acute myelomonocytic leukemia with eosinophilia
M5 – Acute monocytic leukemia
M6 – Acute erythroid leukemia
M7 – Acute megakaryoblastic leukemia
According to the American Cancer Society, benzene exposure is a major risk factor for developing AML. Benzene exposure happens where products containing benzene are used, refined or manufactured, such as gasoline, lubricants, and solvents. Workers in the petrochemical industry, railroad industry, shoemakers, and even carpet cleaners are at risk for direct benzene exposure because many of the chemicals used contain benzene.
Benzene has also been linked to other diseases such as Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), another disease that affects the bone marrow and can possibly develop into AML. Types of MDS include Refractory Anemia with Ringed Siderblasts (RARS), Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts (RAEB), Chronic Myelomonycitic Leukemia (CMML) and Myeloproliferative Disorder. Aplastic Anemia is a condition that affects the blood cells as well, and has also been linked to benzene.
Benzene has also been linked to a number of Lymphomas, cancers that affect the immune system and lymphatic system’s cells. Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) are all types of lymphomas.
If you have been diagnosed with AML or any of the diseases listed above, you may have a claim for benzene exposure. A Beasley Allen attorney is ready to be your advocate in investigation. Ask for a complimentary, no-cost consultation to learn your legal rights.
If a loved one has passed away of AML, contact a Beasley Allen attorney immediately. The statute of limitations could be a threat to your case, which restricts filing a claim to within two years.