The adverse effects that exposure to
benzene can cause, especially over the course of a whole career, has been known
for some time. Workers on the railroad are particularly vulnerable to
exposure, as this exposure can occur at moderate to high levels over a
number of years. Railroad workers can be exposed to benzene though contact
with diesel locomotive exhaust or through work with solvents containing
benzene. Despite evidence regarding the linkage between benzene exposure
and development of cancer, these products are still used by the railroads.
According to a report published by the journal,
Molecular Medical Reports, both the toxic and carcinogenic effects of benzene depend on several
factors, including, the levels and duration of
exposure, the method of exposure, and individual factors such as age, lifestyle,
or pre-existing conditions. While the general public is exposed to benzene
through motor vehicle, service station, and cigarette vapor, it is the
consistent and often long-term industrial-type exposure that has particularly
been linked to the increased risk in developing cancer. Couple these systematic
exposures with benzene’s ability to alter the genetic code of someone
exposed to it and a situation arises in which eventual damage can later
lead to the development of numerous types of cancer.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer and has been
exposed to products containing benzene, asbestos, silica dust, welding
fumes, solvents or diesel fume exhaust as a result of years of work on
the railroad, call Doran & Murphy at 1-800-374-2144 or
contact us through email.