Oil Spill Cleanup Workers at Risk for Blood-Related Illnesses

Blood tests reveal that people who were hired to assist in the clean up efforts on Gulf of Mexico beaches following the 2010 BP oil spill are at an increased risk of developing leukemia, liver cancer and other disorders, according to a study conducted by Houston’s University Cancer and Diagnostic Centers. The study, which was reported in the American Journal of Medicine last week, demonstrates the potential health repercussions for the 170,000+ people who were hired to clean up the 2010 spill.

Despite their protective suits and gloves, the study links the health issues to the chemical dispersants used to breakup the crude oil, as well as to the oil itself that the workers encountered, which contains the carcinogen benzene.

The study describes Benzene as “a very toxic substance [that is] easily absorbed through tissues, such as [the] skin, adding that once Benzene enters a person’s system, it can affect several organs, including the liver and bone marrow, as it is carried through the bloodstream.

As blood carries chemicals through the body, it can go through bone marrow, which is the basis for production of blood cells. The liver also filters toxins.

To read more about the study, click here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130917090305.htm

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