How to Know If You Have Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that affects the protective linings of internal organs like the lungs, heart, abdomen, and testes in males. It is almost always linked to asbestos exposure, and is very fatal due to the fact that it grows quickly and also because researchers have not been able to find a cure for it yet.

Answering a few questions can help you determine if you are at risk for developing mesothelioma, or are already suffering from it unsuspectingly:

You could be suffering from mesothelioma and not know it yet.

Have you ever worked in conditions where you were exposed to asbestos dust?

Mesothelioma is primarily caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. If you’ve worked for an asbestos company in the past, that puts you at risk of developing mesothelioma. It may not manifest until 30 to 50 years later, because the disease usually goes into a latency period. However, even your family members may be at risk, because asbestos adheres to clothes and can be brought home where it may be inhaled. 

How to Know If You Have Mesothelioma

Are you experiencing any chest pain, shortness of breath, dry cough or wheezing?

These symptoms are indicative of pleural mesothelioma, wherein the affected area is the pleura, or the protective membrane lining the chest wall and enveloping the lungs. Pleural effusion, or fluid in between the lungs and chest wall, may occur, leaving you with difficulty of breathing, characterized by reduced expansion of the chest and inaudible breath sounds.

How about abdominal pain, or (for males) a lump in your testicles?

For other types of mesothelioma, the abdomen may be affected, or the heart. This will commonly manifest in pain in the abdomen or chest. In rare cases, testicular mesothelioma may occur in males, which usually presents with a lump in the testes, indicating a growth or tumor.

Have you been coughing up blood or having any sudden weight loss?

When mesothelioma spreads, the symptoms are no longer confined to the site of origin. The coughing up of blood may be a sign of the cancer spreading from the lungs to the throat. Unexplained weight loss is a warning sign of most cancers, suggesting tumor growth robbing the body of nutrients.

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While some mesothelioma sufferers survive only months after diagnosis, some survivors live up to 10 years or more, thanks to early detection. Screening of those at risk for mesothelioma is important to catch the disease at its early stages and increase the patient’s chances of survival.

If you find out that you or a loved one has mesothelioma, the next thing on your mind would probably be contacting a physician, and consulting with a lawyer would probably be the last thing on your mind. However, an injury attorney is as important as a medical professional during such situations.

Asbestos companies are required by law to claim responsibility for their workers who have been exposed to their dangerous product. Mesothelioma sufferers who developed the cancer because of a job exposing them to asbestos fibers can and should receive compensation. Medical bills are pricey, and you’re going to want the best care and treatment for yourself or your loved one, so an injury attorney will help you in court to obtain the compensation that you deserve.

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