Acute Myeloid Leukemia, sometimes abbreviated as “AML,” is a somewhat rare form of cancer. The disease is classified as a “Leukemia,” which is cancer that affects cells that would normally develop into different types of blood cells, but instead, change to cancer cells. The “Myeloid” classification of Leukemia means that the cancer forms in white blood cells, red blood cells, or platelet-making cells. AML generally forms in a person’s bone marrow, however, it will quickly spread to a person’s bloodstream. Cancer can even spread to lymph nodes, liver, spleen, testicles, and even a person’s central nervous system.
- Weight Loss
- Night Sweats
- Loss of Appetite
- Excess Bruising & Bleeding
- Frequent of Severe Nosebleeding
- Bleeding Gums
The American Cancer Society has reported estimates for forms of leukemia in the United States at over 62,000 new cases in the year 2017. The society estimates that of the leukemia cases that develop, over 21,000 of them will be cases of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), and a majority of these cases are projected to be in adults. Of these cases, about 10,000 deaths are projected, also mainly adults.
How Can Benzene Exposure Cause Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)?
When exposed to benzene, the human body attempts to metabolize or process benzene in the liver and lungs with metabolizing also occurring in the bone marrow. The bone marrow is the soft, inner part of the bone where new blood cells are made. Recent research by the National Cancer Institute conducted in China has shown that even low-level benzene exposure can cause a decrease in blood cells including white blood cells, lymphocytes, B Cells, and platelets. Thus, benzene depresses the production of blood cells which can result in blood diseases or cancer including Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
A Benzene Exposure Lawsuit
A lawsuit is often necessary to maximize the settlement value of your case since often the defendants in benzene exposure cases are well-funded corporations. These cases are highly complex and require the support of qualified medical evidence to support claims for damages.
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Experienced Benzene Exposure Attorney
The Dysart Law Firm P.C. is committed to helping those who have been injured due to benzene exposure. We have fought some of the world’s largest corporations to obtain compensation for victims of corporate negligence and greed. If you or a loved one have acute myeloid leukemia (AML) due to benzene exposure please reach out.