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Benzene is formed from natural processes, such as volcanoes and forest fires. Most of our exposure, however, results from human activities, such as chemical plants. Benzene is also a natural part of crude oil and cigarette smoke.
You can find benzene in the air you breathe every day. Eating foods or drinking beverages containing high levels of benzene can pose serious risks.
In addition, it has been known to contaminate well water, leaking from underground storage tanks or from hazardous waste sites containing benzene.
Classified by the EPA as a known human carcinogen, benzene is toxic no matter how you are exposed to it. Those who work in chemical plants and oil-refining industries may be particularly at risk.
Breathing benzene that is airborne can result in:
Eating products that contact benzene can induce:
There are also long-term health complications that result from exposure to benzene, such as:
You may want to consider if any of your health-related issues may have been caused by exposure to benzene. If so, it may be worthwhile to look what may have caused your sickness.
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