Benzene is a toxic chemical that is known to cause aplastic anemia, bone marrow failure, and many types of cancer. Mechanics and other people who are exposed to benzene products like solvents, paint, or gasoline are especially at risk.
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Benzene and Aplastic Anemia
Dozens of studies have confirmed that exposure to benzene can cause cancer and other health problems. The first case report linking benzene and aplastic anemia was published in 1897, over a century ago. The problem is that benzene is an extremely toxic carcinogen but very few products carry any warnings about cancer risks.
How Does Benzene Cause Anemia?
Benzene gets into the body when a person breathes it in the air. It is metabolized by the liver and accumulates in the bone marrow, where it destroys the stem cells that make new red blood cells. This can cause aplastic anemia or blood cancers like Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
What is the Risk?
Studies estimate that high levels of exposure to benzene in the air (>100 parts per million) causes aplastic anemia in 1% of people. However, even low-level exposure to benzene for many years can significantly increase the risk of developing aplastic anemia.
What is Aplastic Anemia?
Aplastic anemia occurs when the bone marrow (soft, spongy tissue in the middle of the bones) does not make enough red blood cells. It is also known as bone marrow failure. Some people with aplastic anemia are misdiagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a condition in which the bone marrow makes red blood cells that are immature or abnormal.
Symptoms of Aplastic Anemia
Aplastic anemia can progress quickly or slowly. It often becomes a chronic condition that leads to death. The symptoms may include:
- Feeling tired constantly
- Shortness of breath with exertion
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Pale skin
- Frequent infections
- Nosebleeds or bleeding gums
- Skin rash
Complications of Aplastic Anemia
Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to all parts of the body and eliminating carbon dioxide. Many health problems occur when there are not enough red blood cells in the body. The most common problem is chronic fatigue and weakness. The heart also must work harder, which can lead to heart failure or irregular heart rhythm. Other complications include infections, bleeding, and death.
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