What are the health effects linked to benzene?

Occupational exposure to benzene has been linked to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Other possible diseases that have been linked to benzene include:

 

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia;
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia;
  • Multiple myeloma;
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma;
  • Aplastic anemia; and
  • Spontaneous abortion

 

but the link is less certain for these diseases.

 

The level of benzene in drinking water that may cause cancer or other health problems is not known.

 

Source: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/Lejeune/faq_chemicals.html