September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month. If this group of leukemias and lymphomas have affected your life or the life of a loved one, now is the time to get involved in bringing national attention to these growing killers. Someone in our country is diagnosed with blood cancer every three minutes. Unfortunately, blood cancers have become more and more common. Among men worldwide, leukemias and some lymphomas rank in the top ten of new cancer diagnoses.
Exposure To Hazards On The Railroad
For railroad workers suffering from these diseases, Doran and Murphy may be able to help you. Many occupational exposures experienced on the railroad have been shown to lead to many types of blood cancers, including Non-Hodgkins’ Lymphoma (NHL), Chronic Lymphocytic Lymphoma (CLL), Multiple Myeloma (MM), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplasia Syndrome (MDS) and many others.
Medical studies have shown that environmental exposure to petroleum products, like diesel exhaust, create an excess risk of acute leukemia cases. In fact, exposure to diesel exhaust may increase the risk of getting these diseases as much as 200% and even more if the exposure occurred over an extended period of time. Additionally, chemical weed sprays have been linked to the development of many lymphomas and resulted in lawsuits against the chemicals’ manufacturers.
Who Is At Risk?
Many railroad workers are at particular risk from their jobs. Brakemen, conductors, and engineers spending long hours in locomotive cabs exposed to diesel engine exhaust may be at risk for leukemias and lymphomas. Likewise, track workers exposed daily to diesel track equipment exhaust may be at risk. Shop workers, working in an enclosed environment with little ventilation and often with locomotives running nearby, may also be at risk for blood cancers from diesel exhaust exposure. Shop workers may also be exposed to benzene used in chemical solvents inside many railroad shops. These types of exposures can lead to the development of a railroad- related leukemia or lymphoma.
Seek Help From a Railroad Blood Cancer Lawyer Today
If you or a railroad worker that you know has been diagnosed with a leukemia or a lymphoma, we are here to help you through it. Call us to speak with an experienced railroad blood cancer lawyer today.