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Work around automobiles?

dennyzb Registered Users
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Just wondering if any of you CML's have or did work around automobiles or Paint and Body shops?

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    Linda Carriere Registered Users
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    My husband has worked at car dealerships and around automobiles for the last 28 years.  He was diagnosed in April with late stage Chronic CML.  I suspect there is some sort of correlation, but no one has really brought forward any connection.

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      mikefromillinois Registered Users
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      Hello, I'm 60 years old now - I was diagnosed with CML a year ago.  From ages 20-30 I worked for car dealerships.  I have also spent a lot of time over the years stuck in city traffic.  I think I read somewhere that some think there is a connection between CML and unleaded gas.  The consensus here seems to be that "we will never know" the "cause" of our CML.  Probably true.  On one hand, if you have CML it really doesn't matter (to you) what caused it - on the other hand, if there is a real cause-effect laying in the weeds out there...for the benefit of those who are NOT YET afflicted, it would be nice for science to figure that out.

       

      Here's wishing you and your husband good health and many happy days...

       

      Mike

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    bkspecialk Registered Users
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    Hi, Let's make that four of us.  I was dx July 2010.  I have worked in dealerships for 28 years.

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    Taylor Registered Users
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    FWIW, when I was 17 I helped my dad restore an old Chevelle.  We did a frame-off restoration, rebuilt the engine, and I did a lot of scrubbing old parts with solvents.  I was also in the paint booth when they painted the vehicle.  I'm not really certain that was it for me though.  I'm 25 now.

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    jimmy walker Registered Users
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    Well, I am one more on this list. I was diagnosed at age 39 (1 year ago). I sold auto parts to garages and body shops from 1990 til 1999. 

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    CallMeLucky Registered Users
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    I am cautious of confusing correlation with cause and effect, but for what it is worth, I also used to work in car dealerships for a couple of years after college.

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    LLsurfer5@gmail.com Registered Users
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    There has been sutudies and talk about Benzene which is a a petroleum based chemical /priduct that is used to make other chemicals:  It is everywhere; in the automotive, auto supply, aircraft, vessel, merchant marine industries. I have worked around cars, boats and planes for 25 years with my job. I was exposed to many chemiclas and benzene too. See the study the French did on children with Leukemia living near auto body shops. Even though the study was in 2004, there have been more studies recently to link CML with Benzene.

    http://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20040818/benzene-linked-to-childhood-leukemia

     

     

    LAL

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    Chris1579 Registered Users
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    Another one - my Dad, DX 2-17-12 with CML, was an auto body man his entire life, working in several body shops and later opened his own auto body shop - I spoke with him today and mentioned this conversation on the site - he was wondering age ranges -

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      dennyzb Registered Users
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      Christa,

      Count is up to 8; I worked in Body Shops from 1975-2003 I remember Osha barging in the shop in 80's and the dealer had to close old shop and reopened new one down the street that met their codes. I am 55, How about your Dad? I was DX 3/10 with CML

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        Chris1579 Registered Users
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        Dennyzb,

         

        My Dad is 74 - worked in several dealerships before opening his own auto body business - he was a bump man not the paint man - but I am sure it was well before proper spray booths etc. for air quality.  Is interesting to see how many worked in the same or similar environments.

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    car-guy Registered Users
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    dennyzb, I was 30 year automechanic Ford dealerships, was diagnosed in Feb. with cml, also found out a co-worker was diagnosed before my diag.with a more aggressive stage of leukemia.  Hey, another question has anybody considered disability due to cml?

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      dennyzb Registered Users
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      Car Guy -9 and counting ; help is possible throw in some side effects like brain fog, bone pain, muscle cramps and fatigue...see long list of side effects on RX

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    Goldfinger Registered Users
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    No offense to anyone but given the large numbers of people working in the auto industry, it's possible the rate of CML incidence is no higher then that of the general public. I've never worked around cars, chemicals and my family has no history of leukemia, yet I've had it for three years now. I am 54. Much more research is needed to find the causes.

     

    Steve

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      dennyzb Registered Users
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      Steve,

      It was just a question I have been curious about since I was DX; I am happy I asked the question. If you don't ask you will never know!

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      billronm@roadrunner.com Registered Users
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      Hi Steve,

        A few years ago my onc introduced me to a naval officer who retired because he had cml. Before he retired he did an in-depth study on cml, he definitely believes benzene is one of the major causes of cml,not just from working in the auto industry, but many places we go, we are exposed to benzene, gas stations are one of the worst places, and soda pop is another big factor, it's hauled back and forth all over the country, in hot weather & cold weather, some gas stations set it outside during the day and bring it in at night, all the changes in temperature cause chemical reactions in the soda and produces benzene fumes. A certain group ( I don't know their name, is pushing congress to take the soda pop machines out of all the schools. I truly believe benzene is one culprit, but I'm sure we have been exposed to so many different chemicals in our lives that we will never know for sure.  Good Luck Billie

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