Studies have found higher rates of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia among workers who are exposed to benzene, a toxic chemical. Benzene is known to cause cancer when it is inhaled in the air or absorbed through the skin.
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Benzene and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Benzene exposure is a risk-factor for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), according to the American Cancer Society. The problem is that very few benzene-containing products have any safety warnings.
Benzene is a toxic chemical that is found in a wide range of products, including solvents, degreasers, gasoline, paint, glue, ink, engine emissions, and more. Millions of workers are exposed to benzene every day. People in certain jobs may not be able to completely avoid benzene exposure, particularly mechanics and railroad workers.
Studies Linking Benzene and Chronic Leukemia
In 2010, a study that was published in the journal Environmental Health, estimated a 40% increased risk of leukemia among workers who are exposed to benzene. Even higher risks were observed for specific cancers like Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) and Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), especially high doses of benzene over a longer period of time.
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) is a cancer that occurs when the bone marrow (soft part of the middle of the bones) produces too many under-developed white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells do not work very well and they crowd out healthy cells. There are fast-growing and slow-growing types of CLL. The average age of diagnosis is 71 years.
How Common is CLL?
CLL occurs in about one in four people with leukemia. Approximately 20,000 people will be newly diagnosed with CLL in 2017, and 4,660 will die from CLL in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. The estimated risk is 0.5%, or about 1 in 200 people, on average. This risk is substantially higher for people who are exposed to benzene.
Signs & Symptoms of CLL
CLL does not cause symptoms until it is very far advanced. People can live for decades without knowing they have CLL or requiring treatment. The symptoms may include:
- Painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, armpit, stomach, or groin
- Pain or feeling of “fullness” below the ribs
- Weight loss
Chronic Leukemia Diagnosis & Treatment
The first sign of leukemia is usually a blood test that shows abnormal levels of white blood cells. A diagnosis of CLL may be confirmed with a bone marrow biopsy. Treatment may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery to remove the spleen, and targeted therapy. However, chronic leukemia is hard to cure because it grows so slowly.
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