Malignant mesothelioma is a type of aggressive cancer that is often developed after prolonged exposure to asbestos. This disease can take upwards of 50 years to develop, so many people who were in contact with asbestos are only now receiving a diagnosis.
As the working class continues to age, a steady influx of diagnoses are made each year. Mesothelioma has many signs that are often mistaken for other health conditions before the diagnosis is confirmed. It is important to seek annual checkups from asbestos exposure specialists yearly in order to catch the disease early and improve quality of life and chances of survival.
There are four different types of mesothelioma—Pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and testicular. Each describes a different area of mesothelial lining where the malignant mesothelial cells begin to develop. Pleural mesothelioma, which affects the protective lining that is found around the lungs, can be difficult to diagnose, because it mimics pneumonia and other respiratory conditions early on. The symptoms associated with this illness include chills, though they are not common.
Night Sweats with Pleural Mesothelioma
The biggest reason why pleural mesothelioma is misdiagnosed is because it so closely mimics less severe health conditions before its true aggressive nature is exposed. As with any asbestos exposure related cancer, an early diagnosis increases a patient’s chance for a good prognosis. This is not always due to physician oversight—the symptoms that are associated with this type of cancer are so nonspecific that many patients will go months before bringing their concerns to their doctor. For instance, having a fever with night sweats and chills would rarely cause an individual to assume they might have an aggressive cancer in their chest, but this can be a symptom of mesothelioma.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma
If it has been concluded that a patient has a higher risk of developing mesothelioma and is exhibiting these symptoms, a thorough physical exam should be conducted to rule out the presence of an asbestos related illness. The following symptoms are associated with pleural mesothelioma:
Shortness of breath that may or may not be combined with a cough. On rare occasion, coughing up blood or hoarseness is developed.
- Nonspecific chest pain, which may be felt in the upper abdomen or arm, is often a first classic sign of mesothelioma.
- A third of patients experience unexplained weight loss.
- Fluid building up in the chest, also known as a pleural effusion. This may or may not present symptoms.
- Fever, night sweats and chills
If you are a victim of asbestos exposure who has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, contact Mesowatch for support, as well as a free case evaluation. It is very important to get connected to the right asbestos and mesothelioma law firm that has dedicated their practice with a unique focus on asbestos-related lawsuits so that you can receive maximum compensation.