The American Cancer Society and other national and international research organizations define benzene as a carcinogen. The chemical is present in gasoline, cigarette smoke and a multitude of other, everyday products. Benzene has been linked to blood cell cancers, with the highest risk of illnesses among victims with exposure to the chemical at work.
The estate of an independent contractor named a petroleum manufacturer and refiner in a negligence lawsuit. The contractor worked for a decade at refineries in Pennsylvania and a neighboring state, before the laborer was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. The negligence lawsuit was filed five months after the 2012 diagnosis and after the cancer victim's death, was pursued by the refinery worker's estate.