A mesothelioma diagnosis is something that will scare anybody. It is a deadly cancer that occurs in the membrane surrounding the lungs, heart or the abdomen. There is no cure for mesothelioma and what adds to the problem is the fact that in almost all cases it is diagnosed in its latest stages. What makes it even more difficult to diagnose this type of cancer is that in its initial stage, mesothelioma symptoms are subtle and confused with those of easily treatable conditions.
When this disease occurs in the tissue surrounding the lungs, the most prominent symptoms are a painful cough and chest pain. Sometimes, the person may also cough up blood. These symptoms are similar to what one would experience during lung infections such as pneumonia. Shortness of breath is another common mesothelioma symptom, which is often mistaken for asthma or other common respiratory diseases.
Similarly, when the cancer occurs in the abdomen, mesothelioma symptoms like pain and swelling in the abdomen are mistaken for signs of stomach infection or any of the numerous gastrointestinal conditions. Similar symptoms are seen when mesothelioma occurs in the tissue surrounding the heart.
The primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. People who have at any point in their life been exposed to asbestos, even if it is for only a few days, are at a higher risk and should be aware of mesothelioma symptoms. However, the problem is that mesothelioma symptoms tend to develop slowly and signs clearly defining the conditions may not surface for 30-40 years after the initial exposure.
Difficulty in diagnosis is one reason that anyone who has been exposed to asbestos and is experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis should consult a doctor specializing in this type of cancer. If an asbestos disease diagnosis is made, you may wish to engage the assistance of mesothelioma attorneys who can file claims on your behalf and attempt to get you compensation from asbestos manufacturers or…