Many people are familiar with cancers such as MDS and leukemia but few understand what causes these illness or how they are treated. It is important to understand the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) before asking further questions on the subject.
Composed of a number of hematological conditions, MDS result when the body is lacking in a certain number of red and white blood cells. Issues with the bone marrow stem cell cause an abnormal blood cell production in the bloodstream which often leads to MDS. This form of cancer has been known as pre-leukemia and can develop into leukemia or cancer of the blood.
Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Causes
Patients suffering from MDS syndrome are those who experience erratic production and reproduction of blood cells. This means that the patient’s blood makes itself known by producing adverse defects in the cells responsible for blood formation. This dilemma with the blood cells can continue to worsen, leading to the gradual deterioration of the bone marrow.
Genetic factor are involved, specifically in children with MDS, in the development of the disease. Environmental factors are also involved in causing otherwise healthy cells to develop abnormalities.
Benzene is a toxic chemical that is consider to have cancer causing effects on the body. This chemical is used in the production of a variety of products such as gasoline, sodas and cigarettes. People who develop MDS are often not aware that they have been exposed to Benzene until it is too late.
Studies have shown that about 1/3 of the patients who have MDS syndrome experience worsened health after their first diagnosis, resulting to the development of AML or acute myelogenous leukemia. Symptoms of MDS include:
*Bruising and/or bleeding
If you believed you have been exposed to benzene, speak with an experienced attorney today so that your case will be evaluated.