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TAF Prev Med Bull. 2008; 7(6): 541-546

Benzene and its Health Effects

Mustafa Tözün, Alaattin Ünsal.

Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon, colorless, sweet-smelling liquid. It is an important industrial solvent, is used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals. Benzene is a carcinogen. Short-term and high level benzene exposure causes symptoms of the central nervous system. Long-term benzene exposure may affect to bone marrow and blood production. Additionally, genotoxic, immunological, and urogenital negative effects may occur with chronicle benzene exposure.

Key words: Benzene, exposure, effects to health

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