Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
165 Doctors are Online

Child given cranberry juice. Juice consists of benzene. Any risk of getting leukaemia?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2002
Answered : 2395 Questions
I just came to realize that I have been givin my child cranberry juice and found out there is benzene in it. Cranberries have natural benzoic acid and the company adds absorbic acid (vitamin c) and together they form benzene. From the samples done that I found documented online the level of benzene is less than 2ppb which is less than the 5ppb allowed in drinking water. However, I am concerned I could have given my child to much benzen since I have been using this juice for 2 years. Did I raise my child's risk for leukemia and is there any statistic that shows the risk? Thank you
Posted Tue, 10 Sep 2013 in Cancer
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Doubt any risk for leukemia

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for sending your question.

Your question is a very good one and I will look on providing you with some information and recommendations.

I have not seen any randomized controlled clinical trials or any large clinical studies which have directly linked consumption of cranberry juice to any type of health risk involving malignancy.

i completely understand your concern and I
Can appreciate that you're dealing with a very stressful situation. At the same time I do not believe that there is any significant statistical Risk of leukemia or any type of cancer in the setting that you are describing.

If there were any type of significant risk then these products would be carefully reviewed and warning labels would be applied for consumption by children and adults.

Thanks again for sending your question. Please let me know if you have any additional specific concerns.

Dr. Galamaga
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Oncologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor