Benzene is especially dangerous because it can get into the human body from mere inhalation or skin contact, and because it is so prevalent, found in many workplaces like factories and chemical plants, or in the everyday environment in cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and gasoline. It can cause various forms of leukemia, cancers of the blood and bone marrow.
A carcinogen is a substance that could cause cancer. The naturally formed benzene is carcinogenic because there’s been evidence about benzene causing cancer. The cause of many workers’ deaths came out to be cancer. The workers working in refining industries have high chances of being exposed to benzene. Many steps have taken to limit the amount of benzene used.
For more information: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/cfm/recordisplay.cfm?deid=2806
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