French Study Links Benzene and Childhood Leukemia

It is well documented that benzene exposure causes AML, a form of leukemia, and other blood disorders in painters, mechanics, seamen and other workers exposed to the toxic substance in petroleum-based paints, thinners and solvents. But recent studies confirm that you don’t have to work hands-on with benzene to be injured by it. A French study found that benzene-contaminated traffic emissions increase the risk of childhood leukemia.

Benzene in Traffic Emissions Increases Risk of Childhood AML

Denis Hemon with the Paris-based Institute National de la Santé et de la Recherché Medical (INSERM) and his colleagues compared data from 2002 to 2007 concerning 2,760 French childhood leukemia cases with information about 30,000 healthy French children.

Children who lived closer to major roads reportedly had a 20 percent higher risk of developing acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML). The increased risk from traffic emissions was found generally among French children regardless of geographical region and specifically among those living in the Paris metro area. According to the study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, children living near major roadways with benzene-contaminated traffic emissions all suffered an increased risk for AML.

An Italian scientist, Professor Marco Vinceti with the Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, has found similar results in his own separate research. Dr. Hemon in Paris explained that benzene is a long-known carcinogen for adults, but that researchers are still learning about how benzene exposure affects children.

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