This article published on a US tech blog reported about the leukemia cases found in Samsung in Korea. Many of the comments (while they quickly degenerated into insults) asked questions about the validity of the data, and about the danger or not, of working in an electronics factory. Much of the data to answer these doubts and questions are already available in Korea. In the future translation into English of that data will be made available on this blog.
22 workers have contracted disease
Samsung Electronics and may other makers of memory and microchips around the world sometimes use chemicals and other materials in the construction of their products that are toxic and could be lethal to humans if exposed in large doses. Samsung has been battling allegations that some workers in its plants in China have contracted cancer from exposure into the work place.
Samsung has been under pressure by activist groups to take responsibility for the incidents of workers contracting leukemia or lymphoma. So far, 22 workers from the chip plants Samsung operates have been diagnosed with lymphoma or leukemia between 1998 and 2010. Ten of these workers have died because of the diseases so far. Samsung has long maintained that the chemicals it uses in the production of chips at the plants have not caused the cancers in workers.