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
Exposure to benzene has been known to cause acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Now, as a result of new medical research has found a statistically significant association between exposure to benzene and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Medical researchers recently examined the potential link between benzene exposure and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) by reviewing a wide array of previous benzene studies and applying meta-analysis methods to that data. For a summary of their findings, we turn to this article, “New research shows link between benzene and non-Hodgkin lymphoma“:
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The association they found was dose-dependent, meaning greater exposures to benzene yielded a higher risk of NHL. Because NHL comprises numerous cancers, the researchers tested whether benzene was more closely related to a particular subtype of NHL and uncovered a doubling of the risk for the diffuse large B-cell lymphoma subtype.
“The study sheds new light on our understanding of benzene as a carcinogen,” says [the lead researcher], “and provides compelling evidence that benzene not only causes leukemia, but also lymphoma.”
More details about the link between benzene and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), we present selected parts of the Abstract for this report about that new benzene cancer research, “Benzene exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis of human studies”, which was published online by The Lancet Planetary Health, medical journal on August 24, 2021:
- Background: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma comprises a heterogeneous group of cancers with unresolved [etiology], although risk factors include environmental exposures to toxic chemicals. Although the ubiquitous pollutant benzene is an established [cause of leukemia], its potential to cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma has been widely debated. We aimed to examine the potential link between benzene exposure and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans by evaluating a wide array of cohort and case-control studies using electronic systematic review.
- Findings: … 20 case-control studies and eight cohort studies were included in our meta-analysis, which included a total of 9587 patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. We reported an increased meta-relative risk (meta-RR) of 33% in highly exposed groups, when data were available (meta-RR 1·33 [95% CI 1·13–1·57], n=28). The meta-RR rose to 1·51 (1·22–1·87, n=18) in the studies that provided results specifically for highly exposed individuals. In particular, we reported a doubling of this risk for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, a major non-Hodgkin lymphoma subtype (1·67 [1·01–2·77]). We also detected increased risks for follicular lymphoma (1·47 [0·95–2·27]) and hairy cell [leukemia] (1·77 [0·99–3·16]), though they were not statistically significant….
- Interpretation: Our findings suggest a causal link between benzene exposure and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, especially for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.
In summary, medical researchers have identified a statistically significant association between exposure to benzene and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Our earlier articles about benzene exposure causing cancers and diseases:
- Johnson & Johnson Sunscreen Recall Over Benzene Contamination Concerns
- Are Benzene Contaminated Sunscreens Safe to Use?
- Testing Shows High Levels of Benzene Found In Hand Sanitizers
- Benzene Recently Confirmed to Cause Cancers in Humans