I've been trying to figure out how I got CML and was looking online and noticed that benzene is something that can be linked to Leukemia. I realized that 4 years ago I was working in a inviation/print shop basement, printing invitations and doing machine calligraphy on envelopes. The calligraphy beds (mechanical) had a pen holder that held the calligraphy pens and from the computer you would send what to write on the envelopes placed on the calligraphy bed. These calligraphy pens had a hole at the top where you would squeeze a small ink bottle so that the ink could flow inside the pen.
These pens had to be cleaned daily, so I had to take ink cleaning solution and clean these pens, and of course, my skin would be constantly exposed to both the ink and cleaning solution. I'm not sure what brand these were but from what I see online, a lot of these products contain benzene. I worked there for almost 5 years.
It just hit me that it could've possibly been my constant exposure to this that could have caused my CML. What I don't get is, it was 4 years ago that I last worked there. I was diagnosed Oct. last year with 209,000wbc, 2.5% blasts, fish 84%.
Can the time from the original translocation and CML detected at my phase really have such a long time in between? Is CML something that can progress that slowly that you'll see it years later?