Nanotechnology is the emerging scientific study related to the use of small, thin, carbon-based materials known as nanotubes. A great number of products manufactured with nanotubes are becoming more widely used. Products range from technologically advanced items utilized by NASA to everyday items used in the home. Nanotubes are increasingly popular due to their light weight and supreme strength, which is said to be stronger than steel. Think about what sports equipment you use has a carbon shaft. Tennis rackets, golf clubs, bats and many other types of sports equipment that we use in our daily lives contains carbon nanotubes.
As the variety of uses for nanotubes increases, researchers continue to do studies and tests related to the consequences of nanotube use. Current research states that exposure to the thin, lengthier version of carbon-based nanotubes may lead to the development of Mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and has no known cure. Some claim that there is no cause for immediate concern, but that further testing related to nanotube exposure and the onset of Mesothelioma is crucial. As with exposure to asbestos, nanotubes are only potentially dangerous if the tiny fibers are inhaled, putting manufacturers, lab researchers, suppliers, and other professionals who may handle nanotubes at the most risk.
It appears that asbestos exposure is not our only concern when it comes to developing Mesothelioma.