Learn about the symptoms of Mesothelioma and how it is a rare type of cancer affecting the mesothelium lining that surrounds, lubricates, and protects vital organs like the lungs, stomach, heart, and testes. Most commonly, the name “mesothelioma” refers to malignant pleural mesothelioma, a cancerous growth along the pleural lining of the lungs involving malignant mesothelial cell types.
Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Symptoms
Many people confuse mesothelioma with lung cancer when they are in fact two different conditions. Lung cells and tissue comprises the lungs and cancer cells may attack the actual lung cancer cells rather than the lining cells where the mesothelial cells are present.
The mesothelium tissue is much less specialized, mainly consisting of a membrane protecting and regulating the cavity they occupy. Mesothelial tissues primary purpose is to provide fluid lubrication to the area they surround and protect vital organs and cavities allowing them to expand and contract with ease.
Mesothelioma and lung cancer symptoms are often difficult to differentiate due to the relative mild nature of the initial symptoms which may include coughing and pain. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos or worked in a high risk industry associated with asbestos exposure it is important to seek regular medical monitoring to catch the disease early on and increase your odd of survival.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma often have an extended latency period, After asbestos exposure diseases such as mesothelioma or lung cancer may not arise for 10-40 years after exposure. Symptoms may also be quite mild in early stages of the condition, which unfortunately causes many mesothelioma and lung cancer cases to go undiagnosed until the condition has advanced.
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain in the lower chest or under the rib cage
- Unexplained weight loss
- Consistent fever, cough or fatigue
- Pain, swelling or lumps in the upper abdomen region
Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms
Swallowing asbestos can lead to cancerous growth of the peritoneal mesothelium, which surrounds the stomach and abdomen cavity. This condition is much rarer than pleural mesothelioma and has a more tenuous connection with asbestos exposure.
Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include:
- Pain in the abdomen or stomach
- Persistent, unexplained nausea or vomiting
- Unexplained weight loss
- Swelling or excess fluid in the abdomen
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, you may have legal rights to compensation. Contact Mesowatch today for immediate assistance and a free, confidential case evaluation. Our legal team will use their knowledge and resources to quickly obtain maximum compensation from all liable parties and trust funds for your asbestos exposure illnesses.