Benzene AML Leukemia

Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) or Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with AML the cause may not be a natural one. AML has been associated with workers in many industries that work with Benzene solvents and petroleum. Workers who have been exposed may be at risk for this very rare form of cancer. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your potential legal case.

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Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is a malignant cancer that develops in a persons white blood cells called lymphocytes. White blood cells are used by the body to ward off disease and infection. Under normal circumstances, Acute lymphocytic leukemia is rare among adults only about 1,500 adults get the disease each year in the US. However ALL is the prevalent form of leukemia in children. Nearly 85 percent of leukemia in children is ALL. In adults, the disease may be related to genetics or exposure to solvents containing Benzene.

What Happens.

In a healthy person, the white blood cells or Lymphocytes, are created from special stem cells, (as with other cells). These blood stems cells have the ability to grow into a number of different types of blood cells. These stem cells are created in a person's bone marrow and will develop into a variety of different white blood cells that each perform specialized immune system functions. They may turn into: T lymphocytes (T cells), B lymphocytes (B cells), or natural killer (NK) cells. In healthy individuals, white blood cells (lymphocytes) grow, perform their tasks properly and when finished die and are replaced by healthy new cells.

In people that develop acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), ( and other types of acute leukemia) white blood cells do not grow properly. Because of some change or damage to their genetic material or DNA that scientists do not fully understand, the cells are prevented from growing beyond at certain point early in their development, and they cannot differentiate into functional types of white cells.

These undeveloped leukemic cells, called lymphoblasts or leukemic blasts instead of helping the body, invade it. The cells quickly reproduce in the bone marrow edging out the production of normal red and white blood cells normally produced there. Since the leukemia cells prevent the production of healthy cells, patients with ALL get anemic, they have a lack of oxygen-carrying red blood cells; they are prone to infections because they do not have disease fighting white blood cells; they also bruise and bleed easy, because their body doe snot produce enough platelets, the part of the blood that helps in blood clotting and healing. Leukemic cells may also invade other organs.

 



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