Leukemia is a devastating, life-threatening cancer that affects both children and adults. There are many types of leukemia such as Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). As medical research and technology advance, new breakthrough treatments are developed. New risk factors and causes are discovered.
According to NewsBlaze, the risk factors and known causes for CML are a mystery, except one – benzene exposure.
CML is a stealthy disease, gradually sneaking up on the patient with mild, almost unnoticeable symptoms at first. Fatigue, a common symptom, is usually blamed on lack of sound sleep or a busy schedule. CML is often difficult to diagnose until it has progressed into an advanced stage.
Leukemia is unique from other cancers because it starts in the marrow of the bones and infiltrates the bloodstream, spreading through the human body to organs. When a patient is diagnosed with leukemia, namely CML, and there is no family history of the disease, exposure to toxic substances is immediately considered.
Benzene exposure, even long-term, is possible without the person being aware. It is a sweet-smelling substance that evaporates quickly, but enters the bloodstream through common pathways such as inhalation or skin absorption. The chemical, which is a key ingredient in gasoline, is widely used in a large number of industries and products such as cleaners, solvents, lubricants, pesticides, paints, and many more.
Occupational exposure is particularly dangerous for those who work in close proximity to benzene. It is far too easy to be exposed without being aware of it, especially when the effects of exposure such as dizziness and drowsiness are dismissed.
If you or someone you know has been exposed to toxic substances such as benzene, and have been diagnosed with leukemia, please contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation to learn your legal rights.