Benzene Proximity May Increase Lymphoma Risk

Benzene Proximity Linked to Increased Lymphoma Risk
Benzene Proximity Linked to Increased Lymphoma Risk

(HealthDay News) – Proximity to benzene release sites in metropolitan areas of Georgia are associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a study published online July 29 in Cancer.

Catherine Bulka, MPH, from Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues analyzed several databases to identify patterns of cases of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma based on proximity to benzene release sites in Georgia from 1988–1998.

The researchers found that the risk of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma fell by about 0.3% with each average increase of one mile from a benzene release site, with similar results for all subtypes. Benzene release sites associated with increased cancer incidence were either in the metropolitan Atlanta area or near Savannah.

"Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma incidence was significantly higher in census tracts that were closer, on average, to benzene release sites," Bulka and colleagues conclude.

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