of mesothelioma may not appear until 30 to 50 years after exposure
to asbestos. Shortness of breath and pain in the chest due to
an accumulation of fluid in the pleura are often symptoms of
pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include
weight loss and abdominal pain and swelling due to a buildup
of fluid in the abdomen. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma
may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities,
anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium
to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, trouble
swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma Are Similar to Other Diseases
These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less
serious conditions. It is important to see a doctor about any
of these symptoms. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. Diagnosing
mesothelioma is often difficult, because the symptoms of Mesothelioma
are similar to those of a number of other conditions.
Talk to Your Doctor About Symptoms of Mesothelioma
If you have been frequently exposed to asbestos it is probably
a good idea to talk to your doctor about the symptoms of mesothelioma.
Even if you are not currently experiencing any mesothelioma symptoms,
remember that they may take decades to appear and early prevention
is key to effectively treating any kind of cancer.
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