Smoking is "a possible cause". There are many, many studies that confirm this. Any association with benzene can be a link to MDS. These findings should not be ignored. That is why this is so difficult for the VA. Most people are exposed to benzene their whole lives and not just their little time in Vietnam.
From the MDS Beacon, "A newly published research review concludes that smoking is associated with an increased risk of developing myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)." "All ten earlier studies examined the risk of smoking, and included a total of 1,839 people with MDS as well as 2,831 people without MDS (as controls). In order to assess the link between smoking and developing MDS, the studies grouped ex-smokers and current smokers together in one group, and all others in a “non-smoking” group.
Based on their review, the authors of the new study estimate that smokers have a 45 percent higher likelihood of developing MDS than non-smokers."
"The major sources of benzene exposure are tobacco smoke, automobile service stations, exhaust from motor vehicles, and industrial emissions." " About 50% of the entire nationwide (United States) exposure to benzene results from smoking tobacco or from exposure to tobacco smoke." (From Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry).
age 70, dx RAEB-2 on 11-26-2013 w/11% blasts. 8 cycles Vidaza 3w/Revlimid. SCT 8/15/2014, relapsed@Day+210 (AML). Now(SCT-Day+1005). Prepping w/ 10 days Dacogen for DLI on 6/9/2017.
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