Asbestos exposure in your lungs can cause you to become ill with asbestosis and/or with mesothelioma—a very aggressive lung cancer that is as of now always fatal.
Symptoms of mesothelioma include severe chest, hip or back pain, difficulty breathing and fluid in the lungs. If you've ever had exposure to asbestos in your workplace or lived with someone who worked in certain industries where asbestos was used, you should be on the lookout for symptoms of mesothelioma, symptoms which could take up to 40 or 50 years to manifest. Some of the industries to be aware of were those that dealt with insulation, rigid cement siding, cement, coatings on pipes, certain types of floor tiles, and asbestos cement pipe used for drainage and sewer lines, etc.
See How to Identify Asbestos.
Symptoms of abdominal cancer
Symptoms of mesothelioma can include symptoms of abdominal cancer and may vary depending on the type of cancer. Other types of abdominal cancer include ovarian cancer, for example, which is one type, and colon cancer which is another type. But symptoms of any abdominal cancer are likely to be similar. Peritoneal mesothelioma—a direct development of asbestos exposure—is a type of abdominal cancer that might present with any of dozens of symptoms.
Be wary of any of the following or other unexplained symptoms:
- unusual weight loss with no effort
- loss of interest in food
- pain in the abdominal region
- unusual sweating at night
- lumps, swelling or masses in your abdomen
And if you've ever been exposed to asbestos, you will want to find a doctor who understands how mesothelioma is different but has similar symptoms as other abdominal cancers.
Pleurisy symptoms can actually be Symptoms Of Mesothelioma: Asbestos mesothelioma is a rare and deadly cancer that most often strikes in the lungs. There it can produce what seem like pleurisy symptoms that are actually symptoms of mesothelioma. Being short of breath may be caused by many things, but it is also a frequent sign of pleurisy as well as of both peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma, both of which often involve effusions—which is when fluid collects in the lining of the lungs or the lining of the peritoneum (the abdominal cavity).
Any time you feel unexplained shortness of breath, it's worth talking to your doctor. If accompanied by pain in the chest or in the abdomen, don't wait. If you've also been exposed to asbestos at any time in your life, be sure to consult a doctor who's an expert in asbestos related diseases and make sure you tell your doctor about your history of exposure to asbestos to help with the diagnosis. And if you're diagnosed with mesothelioma, don't hesitate to pursue your legal mesothelioma rights. We are here to help. Read more on this website or call us, 800.443.6353.