Representing Benzene-exposed Workers Who are Diagnosed With AML Leukemia or MDS Years Later
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Benzene-exposed workers may develop benzene-related diseases include acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Workers and their families need to know that the diagnosis of AML or MDL will probably be made many years after the last exposure to benzene. This is due to the “latency period”, or lag time, between the work with or around benzene on the job and the development of AML or MDS.
Benzene is among the top 20 chemicals for production volume and can be found in many different industries. Exposure to benzene is more likely for particular types of workers within certain industries. Benzene can be a colorless liquid with a sweet odor, or a colorless gas. It occurs naturally but is also synthetically produced.
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Most Recent Article on This Topic
Since our latest March 2021 article on benzene, “Testing Shows High Levels of Benzene Found In Hand Sanitizers“, more research has shown the carcinogen benzene contaminated 78 different sunscreens and sun care products. Benzene is a chemical that has been used in many different industries, but prolonged exposure to the chemical is known to cause acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) as well as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Oftentimes, due to the so-called “latency period”, the diagnosis of AML or MDS will likely be made many years after the exposure to benzene.
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Benzene Contaminated Sunscreens Found in Valisure Study
Valisure, the independent laboratory who initially investigated the benzene levels in sunscreens back in March, states the study used 294 batches of products from 69 different companies. However, some dermatologists are skeptical of the findings of the new study. Many dermatologists express worry the results of the study may misconstrue sunscreen is unsafe to use.
According to June 2021 article, “A lab found a carcinogen in dozens of sunscreens. Here’s what those findings really mean.“, Valisure’s CEO, David Light, assures readers that the company wants to reiterate the issue is not directly related to sunscreen, but rather contamination:
Valisure CEO David Light defended the methodology used in the testing of 294 batches of products from 69 different companies. He also said the company did not intend “for anything to be misconstrued, and we’ve stated many times that we want to make sure that people understand this particular problem doesn’t appear to be an issue directly with sunscreen.”
What Does It All Mean, and What Comes Next?
Cambridge-based dermatologist, Ranella Hirsch, says she was bombarded with questions regarding the safety of using sunscreen after the results from Valisure’s study were released. In the same June 2021 article, “A lab found a carcinogen in dozens of sunscreens. Here’s what those findings really mean.“, Hirsch confirms the importance of using sunscreen:
What consumers need to understand, the Cambridge, Mass.-based Hirsch said, is that this isn’t a sunscreen problem, it’s a contamination problem. “Contaminations happen and mechanisms exist for this very thing. An individual make and car can have a part recalled, but you aren’t likely to stop driving.”
Hirsch posted a cheat sheet on Instagram to try to quell confusion. Bottom line, she wrote: “Sunscreen ingredients are safe and should be used to protect from the known and established risk of skin cancer.”
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the United States than all the other cancers combined, and regular use of broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 can decrease your risk of skin cancer and skin precancers.
University of California at Berkeley professor, Martyn Smith, says the findings of the study didn’t surprise him:
Martyn Smith, a professor of toxicology and the Kenneth Howard and Marjorie Witherspoon Kaiser Endowed Chair in Cancer Epidemiology at University of California at Berkeley, said he wasn’t surprised by Valisure’s findings, because benzene is difficult to avoid. “It’s the building block for many chemicals in our world, including many drugs like aspirin and other things. It’s also found in all fossil fuels, and anytime you burn anything — from a wood-burning fire to a candle — you are exposed to benzene.”
Since the publication of the findings, Valisure has released a citizen’s petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The petition pushes for a recall of the products, along with regulatory changes for benzene testing. The FDA has confirmed they are evaluating the petition and will continue to monitor the sunscreen marketplace and manufacturing.[Read article in full at original source]
Our earlier articles about benzene exposure causing cancers and diseases:
- Testing Shows High Levels of Benzene Found In Hand Sanitizers
- Benzene Recently Confirmed to Cause Cancers in Humans