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Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that progresses rapidly once it's diagnosed. As scientists struggle to find ways to better treat this still-fatal condition, they are at least finding ways to add time to people's lives. But early detection is critical to being able to take advantage of newer approaches.

Signs of lung cancer

The signs of lung cancer, whether mesothelioma or other type, are similar. If you notice any of the following persistently, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Don't wait until they've been going on a long time so that you can have the best chance of early detection and diagnosis.

  • Coughing or Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing and/or pneumonia
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Lack of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss

Other signs of lung cancer can include the following:

  • Feeling weak
  • Having the chills
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Problems with speaking or changes in your voice like hoarseness
  • Unusual finger/nail conditions (fingertip tissue that grows wider or larger—called clubbing)
  • Pale or bluish skin
  • Cramps or shrinking of your muscles
  • Pain or swelling in your joints
  • Swelling, numbness or paralysis in your face
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Pain or tenderness in the bones

Symptoms of lung cancer

Unfortunately, the signs and symptoms of lung cancer typically don't show up until the later stages of the disease have already been reached. So it's vital to get to a doctor immediately for the best chance of early detection and treatment. And remember, as the number of cases of mesothelioma lung cancer continue to climb, researchers are dedicating more and more energy and time to finding new ways to treat this devastating disease.

Please call for help or information at 1.800.443.6353 or e-mail us at At HendlerLaw we focus on helping victims of mesothelioma.