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Doctors frequently are unaware of the causes of AML. However, some factors may increase your risk of contracting it. Risk elements for acute myeloid leukemia include:
- Contact with some chemicals, such as benzene
- Certain pesticides, ionizing radiation, some cleaning products, detergents, and paint strippers
- Several chemotherapy medications, including cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, melphalan, and mitoxantrone, used to treat other cancers.
- High radiation dose exposure specific blood disorders, such as myeloproliferative disorders (for example, chronic myelogenous leukemia)
- Hereditary factors such as AML in a parent or sibling
- Specific genetic syndromes, including Li-Fraumeni syndrome, trisomy 8, and Down syndrome.
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Exposure to benzene can result in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a blood and bone marrow cancer that grows quickly. People who work with fuels, paints, and other petroleum-based products that have Benzene as a component are more likely to develop AML.
Other names for acute myeloid leukemia include acute granulocytic leukemia, acute nonlymphocytic leukemia, acute myelogenous leukemia, and acute myeloblastic leukemia. The most prevalent form of acute leukemia, AML, affects adults the most. Myeloid cells, which are white blood cells in the bone marrow, are attacked by AML. The cells cannot develop and cannot fight off infections. The unhealthy cells displace healthy cells as they accumulate.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia Symptoms
Early-stage Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) symptoms are typically brought on by a high percentage of immature cells in the bone marrow and blood as opposed to normal, healthy cells. AML symptoms can include those of the flu and include:
- Bone pain
- Easy bruising
- Numerous infections
- Loss of appetite
- Pale skin
- Breathing difficulties
- Unusual or frequent bleeding
- Losing weight without trying
Who is at Risk for Acute Myeloid Leukemia from Benzene?
Individuals who were exposed to benzene at work. Benzene can be ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. There are many jobs that can expose you to benzene, but some of the more well-known ones are as follows:
Diseases caused by Benzene exposure
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) / Myelogenous leukemia
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Aplastic anemia
Note: Benzene exposure has also been linked to childhood leukemia, specifically AML, ALL, CLL, multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Treatment Options for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Remission induction therapy and consolidation or maintenance therapy are the two basic treatment phases for AML. The goal of the first stage of treatment is to eradicate bone marrow and blood leukemia cells. The following step aims to eradicate any remaining leukemia cells. Relapse risk will be reduced as a result. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy, bone marrow stem cell transplant, targeted therapy, drug therapy, and/or biological therapy are the most frequently used treatments in these two stages.
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If you or a loved one were diagnosed with AML and exposed to benzene, call the AML Benzene lawyers of Brown, LLC at (877) 561-0000 or schedule a free confidential consultation to learn your rights – the Benzene law firm is only paid if they win your case.