Mesothelioma Symptoms

           Mesothelioma is a terrible cancer of the linings of lung tissue as well as other organs in the body. Many mesothelioma cases are caused by exposure to and inhalation of asbestos at some point in your lifetime. The amount of asbestos exposure it takes to cause mesothelioma is up for debate. What is known is that mesothelioma can take many years after exposure to show its effects and cause cancer. Follow the mesothelioma steps below to help you determine if you have mesothelioma and need to seek medical advice.

Step 1

            First think back in the history of your life to all the times you can remember being exposed to mesothelioma. Since most mesothelioma cases can be traced back to asbestos exposure you should make a list of all the dates and places you think you were exposed. This may include having worked in asbestos factories, or being exposed to asbestos in the home.

            Asbestos used to be used in many products in the 50’s, 60’s and 70,’s especially in wall and ceiling insulating materials, floorings, and certain appliances. Asbestos has good thermal insulating properties as well as is quite fire resistant. These are some of the reasons it was widely used in those decades. Little was known back then about the mesothelioma causing effects of asbestos. Luckily the products that are made today are much less harmful at causing mesothelioma than in the past.

Step 2

Pleural mesothelioma is the leading type of mesothelioma found in most patients. It is mesothelioma of the lung covering tissue. Symptoms of this type of mesothelioma are dry persistent coughs without phlegm, pain in the chest, and coughing up blood. In addition the mesothelioma patient may experience difficulty in swallowing and shortness of breath. If you experience any of these symptoms see your doctor as they may also be caused by other ailments.

Step 3

Pericardial mesothelioma is a lesser known mesothelioma. It is caused by mesothelioma of the heart covering. Symptoms of this type include of mesothelioma include chest pain, fevers, and irregular heartbeat.

Step 4

Check to see if you have peritoneal mesothelioma as well. Peritoneal mesothelioma can cause pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, and vomiting. It affects organs inside the abdomen, and can be confused with other stomach related conditions. As always consult your medical care professional when you notice any of these mesothelioma symptoms.


Additional Advice

                   Mesothelioma can take anywhere from a few years to over 50 years before its symptoms are actually felt and the cancer has developed. As a result you may never know that you had mesothelioma.

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