# Why is benzene dangerous?

Jun 19, 2018

The most harmful effect is that $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{Benzene can cause cancer i.e. leukemia}}$ as per the Department of Health and Human Services.

#### Explanation:

$\implies$ Benzene causes harmful $\textcolor{red}{\text{effects on the bone marrow which may lead to anemia}}$ i.e. decrease in RBCs. The cells do not work properly.

$\implies$ Can cause $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{infection due to bleeding}}$.

$\implies$ If any person has direct exposure of benzene to any soft body parts may $\textcolor{p u r p \le}{\text{cause tissue injury.}}$

$\implies$ Food containing benzene can $\textcolor{red}{\text{cause dizziness, vomiting, irregular heartbeat and even death}}$ when consumed at higher levels.

$\implies$ Smoking contains $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{low levels of benzene whereas indoors the effect of benzene can be more harmful}}$.

$\implies$ Long term exposure leads to lower birth rates, delay in formation of bones in infants etc.