Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
Chronic myelogenous leukemia is a myeloproliferative disorder caused by a change in a chromosome in marrow cells that result in the overproduction of white blood cells. Linked to benzene exposure, the only known cure for chronic myelogenous leukemia is a stem cell transplant. The disease associated to benzene exposure is often difficult for patients to manage.
Even though benzene has been banned in the U.S. as a solvent for a couple decades now, workers are continually exposed to the human carcinogen, suffering disease like chronic myelogenous leukemia as a result. Workplace standards meant to protect workers from instances like chronic myelogenous leukemia exist, however, with the high number of high-risk benzene exposure occupations and the inability to effectively diagnose illnesses that occur, workers are suffering major health problems.