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Do you recognize these common signs of mesothelioma?

Although people have known about the dangers of asbestos for decades now, it is still prevalent in many structures. You can still find it in insulation, car parts and construction materials. This means that overexposure can happen even today.

Excessive exposure to asbestos can result in a person developing mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer that manifests as a tumor in the lining of the heart, stomach, lungs or another organ. Treatments are available, but it is vital for people to seek it out as soon as possible. Here are some common signs you may have developed mesothelioma: 

Initial symptoms

In the early stages of mesothelioma, you will notice chronic dry coughing or wheezing. You may also suffer from shortness of breathing, and it starts to feel difficult to breathe. There is typically a pain in the abdomen or chest. Some people will develop pleural effusion, which is a buildup of fluids, and this can exacerbate the previous symptoms. Any of these symptoms are a good reason to see a doctor. The condition is easier to treat if you start before it escalates. 

Advanced symptoms

Without treatment, you will enter the later stages of mesothelioma. At this point, there will be much greater pain than before. You will also suffer from the following: 

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Anemia
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Respiratory complications
  • Extreme weight loss

There are several different types of mesothelioma, including pericardial, peritoneal and pleural. All of these come with unique symptoms. The only way to know which version you have is to see a doctor, so do not delay treatment. 

Metastatic symptoms

Once mesothelioma spreads past the organ of origin, it becomes metastatic mesothelioma. You will begin to experience neurological syndromes as well as nerve malfunction in the arms. Some people will spit up or cough blood. If you are a construction worker, veteran or another at-risk group, then you should see a doctor to determine whether you have mesothelioma as soon as possible.

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