Difficulty breathing is one of several common symptoms of lung cancer of any type, including mesothelioma, which is almost always caused by asbestos exposure.
People may describe different sensations that fit under the definition of difficulty breathing. For some, mild exercise like climbing stairs can trigger a sense of difficulty breathing. Others with advanced lung disease may have a hard time getting air in and out but not really feel any shortness of breath.
If you don't have a severe cold or you haven't been exercising vigorously, difficulty breathing may indicate a potentially serious condition. You should see a health care professional at your earliest opportunity.
Lung cancer symptoms
Difficulty breathing can be a symptom of advanced lung cancer, including mesothelioma cancer. Early lung cancer may have no signs or symptoms at all. Lung cancer symptoms might be any of the following, in addition to difficulty breathing:
- A persistent cough that comes on and doesn't quit
- Changes in how you cough if you already have a smoker's cough
- Coughing blood up—no matter how little
- Difficulty breathing—in the form of shortness of breath or wheezing
- Chest pain
Like the symptoms of mesothelioma cancer, lung cancer symptoms can be very similar to symptoms of stomach cancer.
Symptoms of stomach cancer
Early stomach cancer is very hard to detect. Testing your stool for internal bleeding is one way. But other symptoms, such as being tired because this bleeding makes you anemic, can easily be missed or mistaken for something else. You might also experience heartburn and pain in the abdomen, but these, too, are easily mistaken as more common ailments, when in fact it could be symptoms of stomach cancer, especially if it's accompanied by a specific symptom: Difficulty Breathing.
Difficulty breathing can be one of several later-stage stomach cancer symptoms. Abdominal ascites—fluid collecting in the spaces of the abdomen (what is peritoneal cavity)—can be another.
A full list of later signs and symptoms of stomach cancer might include:
- Discomfort in the upper abdomen (above the navel) that doesn't feel relieved with food or antacids—or gets worse with eating.
- Black, tarry stools
- Vomit with blood in it
- Vomiting your meals
- Tiredness and feeling weak
- Losing weight without trying
- A feeling of being stuffed after eating, even with smaller meals
Other conditions such as peptic ulcers can cause symptoms like these. So there's no need to assume you have stomach cancer if you have these signs. Instead, visit a doctor trained in diagnosing lung and abdominal issues, especially one who understands the role of asbestos exposure in causing lung cancer symptoms and stomach cancer symptoms.