Benzene is a known carcinogen in humans and causes benzene related cancer. Breathing benzene vapors may cause serious injuries, including immediate death. Specifically, exposures to the chemical have been linked to various forms of leukemia, most notably Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).
What is Benzene?
Benzene is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet odor. It evaporates quickly when exposed to air. Benzene is formed from natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires, but most exposure to benzene results from human activities.
Benzene is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States. It is used mainly as a starting material in making other chemicals, including plastics, lubricants, rubbers, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. In the past it was also commonly used as an industrial solvent (a substance that can dissolve or extract other substances) and as a gasoline additive, but these uses have been greatly reduced in recent decades.
Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil and gasoline (and therefore motor vehicle exhaust), as well as cigarette smoke.
What You Should Know
Benzene is a chemical compound that can be found in oil, gasoline, cigarette smoke, and vehicle emissions. It is also widely used in the manufacturing of certain plastic and rubber products. Benzene exposure is known to cause cancer and other short-term and long-term health problems. People can be exposed to benzene at the workplace, in the home, by drinking contaminated water or beverages, or just by breathing the air outside.
- Injuries Resulting from Exposure to Asbestos
- Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Myelofibrosis and Myeloid Metaplasia
- Aplastic Anemia
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Hairy Cell Leukemia
- Multiple Myeloma
- Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
- Hematologic Cancers
Benzene Exposure Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of benzene exposure, you should contact The Falkowitz Law Firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing anbenzene-related lawsuit and we can help.