The main way people are exposed is by breathing in air containing benzene.Benzene can also be absorbed through the skin during contact with a source such as gasoline, but because liquid benzene evaporates quickly, this is less common.
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Some studies have also suggested links to childhood leukemia (particularly AML) as well as acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and other blood-related cancers (such as multiple myeloma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma) in adults.
However, the evidence is not as strong for these cancers.
Workers in industries that make or use benzene may be exposed to this chemical.
These include the rubber industry, oil refineries, chemical plants, shoe manufacturers, and gasoline-related industries.