Benzene A Danger to Railroad
Many railroad workers in the B & B departments, such as carpenters,
masons, and painters may be exposed to benzene and benzene-containing
products such as paints, paint thinners, gasoline, kerosene and various
degreasers and solvents. These chemicals can be inhaled, absorbed through
the skin and even swallowed. Respirators alone, therefore, are not enough
to protect railroad workers from exposure to these cancer-causing substances.
Benzene is a well established carcinogen (cancer causing agent). There
is a particularly strong association between benzene and certain types
of leukemia. The term leukemia includes any type of cancer that affects
blood cells. American Cancer Society statistics site leukemia as the sixth
leading cause of cancer deaths among men and the seventh leading cause
of cancer deaths of women.
Possible leukemia symptoms include pale skin due to anemia, fatigue,
shortness of breath, and a decrease in the concentration of red blood.
This can result in nose bleeds, bleeding gums, and a tendency to bruise
easily. When the white blood cells are affected, it causes a leukemic
patient to become more prone to infection.
The four major forms of leukemia are acute myelocytic leukemia (called
AML), chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL),
and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
Although its cause is unknown, Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL), much like
leukemia, has been linked to environmental exposure (ex: benzene) by several
scientific studies. Treatment and prognosis of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
and leukemia are dependent on which stage of the disease the patient is
in, as well as the patient's overall health.
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