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AML Victim Awarded $7.5 Million for injuries related to Occupational Chemical Exposure

A jury has awarded $7.5 million to James Brown, an Edwardsville, Ill., resident who developed acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after long-term exposure to benzene and creosote during his 18-year employment at Chicago & North Western Railway, and 13 years at Union Pacific Railroad, CNW’s successor. Brown filed the lawsuit six years ago against Union Pacific Railroad with allegations of negligence. Evidence shows that CNW knew of the dangers of benzene and creosote as early as 1986 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a memo advising that the company needed to comply with certain safety regulations including providing employees with adequate protective equipment such as boots, gloves, ... Read More

Benzene Found in Cooking Oil

Standard Foods Corporation is a company in China that manufactures blended oil products, including a popular choice called “Great Day.” Consumers’ Foundation said Friday that the cooking oil was found to contain benzene. The laboratory tests by Consumers’ Foundation found the benzene levels to exceed 5 parts per billion (ppb). Consumers’ Foundation laboratory director Lin Yong-chien said at a press conference that benzene is a toxic chemical that may cause drowsiness, dizziness and even loss of consciousness. He added that long-term exposure has been known to cause cause anemia and leukemia. This is not only a concern for consumers, but for the chefs and ... Read More

Synthetic Fields at Schools and Parks Found to Contain Benzene

Amy Griffin, a former goalkeeper for the U.S. National soccer team that won the first women’s World Cup in 1991, began tracking American soccer players that had been diagnosed with cancer since 2009 after noticing a “stream of kids” that were getting sick after playing regularly on synthetic fields. In 2014, Griffin told NBC that 38 soccer players contacted her to confirm that they’d been diagnosed with cancer. Today, that number has risen to 220 athletes, 166 of them being soccer players. Of the soccer players, 102 were also former goalkeepers, who spend more time on the ground in direct contact with the ... Read More

Number of AML Cases Expected to Increase Due to Rising Exposure to Benzene

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) is a rare disease, and a severe one. It’s the most common form of leukemia. According to MedGadget’s market predictions, diagnoses of AML are expected to greatly increase in the coming years. AML happens when the DNA of a developing bone marrow cell is damaged, and the cell becomes a leukemic cell, which multiplies exponentially. AML then affects partially developed normal cells and impedes their function (known as leukemia blasts). As the leukemia blasts grow, they overpower and block the production of normal cells. A major cause of AML is recurrent exposure to benzene, a key ingredient in gasoline. Benzene hides ... Read More

Army Veteran Fights Leukemia After Exposure to Burn Pits Laden with Chemicals

A U.S. Army veteran who served as a sergeant in Iraq was diagnosed with leukemia linked to his constant exposure to burn pits at his base. The pits were used to burn waste such as petroleum and medical waste. The burning of these materials released carcinogenic chemicals like benzene. In March 2010, Ryan Goggin had been deployed for 10 months. A roadside bomb hit his truck, causing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that  forced his military career to come to a halt. But it wasn’t the war that scared him. It was the cancer. “I wasn’t scared in the Army,” Goggin ... Read More

Samsung Chip Workers Die of Leukemia at Alarming Rate

Hwang Yu-mi died of leukemia when she was just 22 years old. Chung Ji-yeon died of leukemia when she was just 34 years old. Park Min-sook was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived. Each of these South Korean patients have one thing in common: they were all Samsung chip workers exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals, namely benzene, a chemical that is heavily linked to blood cancers, leukemia, lymphomas and aplastic anemia, on a regular basis. Other chemicals that workers are exposed to daily are arsenic, acetone, methane, sulphuric acid and heavy metals such as lead. Yu-mi bathed silicone wafers in chemicals that ... Read More

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Aimed at Three Major Companies Claiming Benzene Exposure

Curtis Potter was an employee of Goodrich in a laboratory in the 1960s and 1970s. During the course of his employment, he was exposed to many toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, including benzene. Benzene is a key ingredient in gasoline and is used in a wide number of industries and products. Exposure to products containing benzene can cause life-threatening diseases including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic Anemia. The most common method of exposure is inhalation, but benzene can be absorbed through the skin, as well, which opens a pathway for the chemical to enter the bloodstream and bone marrow.  People ... Read More

Californians Demanding End To Irrigating Crops With Industrial Wastewater

A group of Californians concerned about their state’s growing practice of allowing industrial wastewater to irrigate hundreds of farms gathered outside the state capitol building in Sacramento August 9 to deliver a wheelbarrow full of petitions urging an immediate halt to the practice. The 350,000 petition signatures were collected by CREDO, Care2, Food & Water Watch, the Center for Biological Diversity, RootsKeeper, Center for Environmental Health, Breast Cancer Action, Center for Food Safety, Courage Campaign, and the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment. The petition urges Governor Jerry Brown and the California Water Resources Board to stop allowing Chevron ... Read More

Water Compliance Report Finds Benzene and Other Toxins in Georgia Drinking Water

A Water Compliance Report prepared by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) found issues in water systems throughout the state. Carcinogens were found, such as benzene, and other toxins such as heavy metals, mercury, arsenic, chromium, cyanide, uranium, and radium, according to the 2014 report. Wells provide the water supply for many rural residents, and it is up to the property owners to have the water tested for potential toxicity. Janet McMahan lives in Ocilla, Ga., located in Irwin County, population of 4,414. Her son passed away of cancer two years ago, and she has documented cancer clusters in her area, allegedly due to arsenic and heavy metals. “People ... Read More

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Linked to Benzene Exposure

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 – ... Read More