The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is pleased to announce that the IARC Monographs volume on benzene is now available online.
This volume presents an evaluation of the carcinogenicity of benzene, updating the most recent evaluation provided in Volume 100F of the IARC Monographs. Benzene, a simple aromatic hydrocarbon, occurs both naturally and as a result of human activity, notably as a result of combustion. It is a high-volume chemical now used mostly as a chemical intermediate. Human exposure to benzene is widespread, through the air, in consumer products, and in industry.
An IARC Monographs Working Group reviewed epidemiological evidence, animal cancer bioassays, and mechanistic data to reach conclusions as to the carcinogenic hazard to humans due to exposure to this agent.