Detecting mesothelioma as soon as possible gives you the best chances of successful treatment. Yet, since the disease has a dormancy period of up to 50 years, it’s generally difficult to get a diagnosis before mesothelioma hits the late stages. However, knowing what early signs and symptoms to look for can help your physician greatly in catching the disease early on.
Understanding Mesothelioma Symptoms
Unfortunately, the early symptoms of mesothelioma mimic common ailments and respiratory infections, such as the flu, the common cold, stomach bugs, and general aches and pains. Yet, there are combination of symptoms to look out for which can potentially help you get an early diagnosis.
Early symptoms for pleural mesothelioma, the most common form of the disease, include
- Coughing and hacking, especially coughing up blood
- Buildup of fluids in the lung linings, making it difficult to breathe
- General feeling of malaise
- Feeling as if you have a cold or flu
- Difficulties in breathing
- Tightness in chest
- Weight loss
Early symptoms of peritoneal (abdominal) mesothelioma include:
- Weight loss
- Breath shortness
- Difficulties in swallowing
- Excessive sweating (including night sweats)
Early symptoms of pericardial (heart) mesothelioma include:
- Heart murmurs and palpitations
- Chest pain
- Breath shortness while lying flat on back
- Night sweats
The Importance of Early Detection
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos or think you have may been, early detection is of the utmost importance. Even if you do not have any symptoms, you should undergo regular medical checkups. Be certain to tell your physician about your asbestos exposure (or possible asbestos exposure).
Keep in mind that in many cases, even when the earliest symptoms appear, there is a chance that the disease had already manifested into its latest stages, which makes treatment options more difficult. Therefore, regardless if symptoms are present or not, it’s important to not waste time in getting medical assistance.
However, it’s also important to remember that if you’ve been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have mesothelioma. Although no amount of asbestos is safe, being around asbestos doesn’t automatically mean that you will develop a disease, but it’s always recommended to get checked out by a physician who specializes in asbestos-related diseases just in case.
Early detection and diagnosis of mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illness will get the treatment process rolling earlier. The sooner treatment starts, the better chances are of a successful recovery, and the better chances of a longer life expectancy. Although early detection and diagnosis of mesothelioma is rare when compared later-stage diagnoses, there is still a strong possibility that an experienced mesothelioma doctor can detect the disease in time and start early treatment.
Additional Information and Resources for Asbestos Victims
If you or a loved one have been injured by asbestos, you may be eligible for substantial compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain, suffering, and much more. We invite you to use our Asbestos Attorney Locator Tool to find a top mesothelioma lawyer in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, feel free to contact us at 800-694-4856.