Mesothelioma is a life-threatening illness generally caused by exposure to asbestos. There currently isn’t a cure for the disease, but experts indicate that the earlier treatment starts, the better chances of a prolonged survival rate. One of the issues, however, is that people don’t know the early symptoms of mesothelioma and mistake them for common, minor illnesses. If you or anyone you know were exposed to asbestos, it’s important to understand the earliest signs and symptoms of mesothelioma in order to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease. It occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested. The fibers are so microscopic that it’s impossible for the body to dispel all of them. These tiny fibers attach to the lining of the lungs and over time, turn into cancerous cells.
Cold or Flu-like Symptoms
Cold and flu-like symptoms are so common that many people never make the connection that it could be caused by asbestos exposure. Further, if even people see a doctor about the symptoms, they generally do not tell their physician that they were exposed to asbestos. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms and you’ve been exposed to asbestos, you should tell your doctor immediately. While it may very well be a cold or the flu, it’s always recommended to talk with medical experts and let them know about asbestos exposure.
Fatigue is also common among many people and doesn’t always indicate an asbestos-related illness. Yet, fatigue associated with mesothelioma doesn’t go away after getting a good night’s sleep. It remains constant but at times can be sporadic. Fatigue symptoms in combination with other symptoms can help physicians get an early diagnosis.
If you experience coughing associated with chest pain, it’s a good idea to contact your doctor and get a medical checkup. Again, coughing is a common occurrence with many people and it’s often overlooked in connection with mesothelioma, but it’s one of the earliest symptoms of the disease.
Chest pain is also one of the earliest symptoms of mesothelioma, and generally felt right under the ribcage area. The pain can be sporadic, coming and going at infrequent times, but it shouldn’t be ignored no matter how minor it seems.
Voice Hoarseness and Breathlessness
Dry coughing often leads to voice hoarseness and could possibly be accompanied with wheezing. As the disease progresses, it can lead the pressure on the voice box nerve. Breathlessness can accompany coughing and a hoarse voice, and again, these may considered common ailments and people may not make the connection with mesothelioma. Breathlessness associated with mesothelioma tends to occur even when relaxing or lying down in bed.
Keep in mind that mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed with other lung-related illnesses, such as COPD. Always remember to tell your physician if you were ever exposed to asbestos. If your doctor isn’t experienced with asbestos illnesses, consider getting a second medical opinion from a physician who specializes in mesothelioma.
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