"Home Distance From Benzene Sites Linked To Lymphoma Risk"

"How far a person lives from a manufacturing plant that releases the chemical benzene into the environment may determine their risk of developing immune system cancer, a new study suggests."

"Researchers in Georgia looking at rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in that state found that risk for the disease fell with every mile between a person's home and facilities that release benzene.

'It would suggest even with moderate changes in distance that there can be large changes in the decrease in non-Hodgkin lymphoma,' said Dr. Christopher Flowers, the study's lead author and head of the lymphoma program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta."

Andrew M. Seaman reports for Reuters July 29, 2013.

Source: Reuters, 07/31/2013