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Benzene: A sweet-smelling killer

Benzene, a key ingredient in gasoline, is a sweet-smelling chemical that is used to make plastics, lubricants, dyes and adhesives. It has also been suspected as a link to several blood disorders and cancers, specifically leukemia. As the 17th-most produced chemical in the U.S., benzene can be found in cigarettes and car exhaust fumes. Before federal regulators set occupational exposure limits in 1987, benzene was a common solvent used in pure form by offshore workers and petrochemical industry workers. Other workers who may be at risk are auto mechanics, gas station attendants and even printers because of the extended periods of ... Read More

NCI report: new cases of colon, rectal cancer deaths declining

The rate of new colorectal cancer cases and deaths from colorectal cancers has declined, according to a report from leading health and cancer organizations. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. The newly released report includes data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR). The data shows a 3 percent decrease in new colon ... Read More