Have you ever been exposed to asbestos? If so, you may have serious — not to mention justified — concerns about developing a cancer known as mesothelioma.
However, given that it can take decades following exposure before the microscopic asbestos fibers eventually cause mesothelioma, you need to be prepared and familiarize yourself with the early symptoms of this deadly disease.
While there are several types of mesothelioma, the Mayo Clinic has outlined some of the symptoms associated with the most common forms, including:
Pleural Mesothelioma (occurs in the tissue surrounding the lungs):
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain under the rib cage
- Weight loss
- Lumps under the skin on the chest
Peritoneal Mesothelioma (occurs in the abdomen):
- Pain in the abdominal area
- Swelling in the abdominal area
- Lumps in the abdomen
- Weight loss
Pericardial Mesothelioma (occurs in the tissue surrounding the heart):
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
As you can see, many of the symptoms listed above are not specific to mesothelioma and often mirror other non-life-threatening medical conditions, which is why mesothelioma is so often hard to detect — and why many victims are not even diagnosed until they are in later stages of the disease.
In fact, for many victims, their mesothelioma diagnoses occur by accident through routine blood tests and x-rays.
Given the severity of mesothelioma, it is more important the ever to be aware of its possible signs and to seek medical treatment if these symptoms persist. And, when you see your doctor, make sure to tell him or her about your history of potential asbestos exposure.
If you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call our attorneys right away for a free consultation. Our legal team has more than 30 years of experience with mesothelioma and asbestos-related cases.