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Toxicology studies show concern similar to asbestos exposure

South Carolina residents, especially those who work in factories, old school buildings or other potential areas of risk, may be concerned about certain health-related symptoms they suspect may be related to their jobs. For instance, those who know they have endured asbestos exposure may be especially worried about various respiratory illnesses or cancers associated with such circumstances. Although there are currently strict regulations regarding asbestos removal, recent news suggests there are actually newer products that pose as much of a risk to human health as asbestos.

Toxicology reports show mice have contracted mesothelioma cancer when exposed to carbon Nanotubes. Commonly referred to as CNTs, such products are often used to manufacture television sets, computer components, automobiles and various types of sports equipment. In the past, mesothelioma was most directly related to exposure to asbestos, actually comprised of six different types of micro fiber materials that are released into the atmosphere under certain conditions.

CNTs apparently have a similar effect on human health. These materials are often chosen to manufacture certain products because of their tensile strength, which is many times higher than steel. Recent scientific studies show that CNTs may be just as dangerous to workers and consumers as asbestos.

Asbestos has been banned in many countries. Asbestos exposure risk still exists in the United States, and anyone in South Carolina or beyond who experienced adverse health symptoms they believe may be related to asbestos can reach out for support from medical, as well as legal advocates. Time will tell whether CNTs undergo bans similar to asbestos; until then, those who suffer injury due to others' negligence may pursue claims for recovery for their financial losses through the civil justice system.

Source:, "Are Carbon Nanotubes a New Asbestos?", Ruairi MacKenzie, March 28, 2018

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