Date of Award

Summer 2015

Degree Type

Non-Thesis Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Committee Chair

Julie Hart

First Advisor

Terry Spear


The purpose of this review was to discover how the by-products of oil production, such as benzene played a significant role in health issues, particularly leukemia. The objective is to evaluate the association of benzene exposure and leukemia through laboratory toxicity studies and public and occupational epidemiology studies. Multiple articles were researched to find a link between benzene exposure and the development of leukemia. Several articles were viewed and some eliminated due to their irrelevant to this paper or their duplicated information with other articles. A total of six articles were selected for this paper. Research has shown that benzene is a carcinogen and exposure to it can lead to the development of leukemia after a latency period. Still unknown is the specific dose, exposure time, and if a certain cell type is specific to benzene exposure induced leukemia.


Kylene Owens

A report submitted in partial fulfillment of the

requirements for the degree of

Master of Science:

Industrial Hygiene Distance Learning/Professional Track