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Did Exposure to Chemicals Cause My Leukemia?

I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia over one year ago.  After multiple rounds of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, I am happy to report that I am in complete remission.  As a trial attorney who has represented consumers for more than 30 years, I want to understand what caused my leukemia.  I will share information as I find it to help others with leukemia understand what may have caused their leukemia and to help workers and consumers avoid getting leukemia in the future.

A recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer, studied chemicals to which people are exposed in the workplace and at home.  The study found significant associations between acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and the following chemicals:

  • benzene; and,
  • vinyl chlorides.

The study found a significant association between AML (but not MDS) and exposure to the following substances and chemicals:

  • soot;
  • creosote;
  • inks;
  • dyes and tanning solutions; and,
  • coal dust.

If you have questions about whether exposure to chemicals caused you or a loved one to suffer from acute myeloid leukemia or myelodyslastic syndromes, contact the LaGarde Law Firm at (713) 993-0660. ¬†Attorney Richard LaGarde is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both civil trial and personal injury trial law. ¬†That’s a distinction achieved by less that one-half of one percent of Texas attorneys. ¬†He helps consumers and workers in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida and has worked with local attorneys to help consumers and workers in other states as well.

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