When someone has mesothelioma, they may not even be aware of it until they have an X-ray. It’s never truly anticipated because it has a latency period of around 10 to 40 years. This means a person may not develop mesothelioma until decades after the exposure to asbestos.
It’s important for individuals to recognize the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma and asbestosis—two conditions that can be caused by significant asbestos to exposure. This can help with early detection of these life-threatening conditions.
Asbestosis is a lung disease resulting in scarring in the lungs and mesothelioma is a form of cancer that doesn’t show symptoms until it has already spread. Typically, mesothelioma is diagnosed at stage 3 or 4 when it may already be too late for treatment.
Symptoms to Look for with Asbestosis
Symptoms of asbestosis are similar to mesothelioma. These are some of the things to look for that may indicate a person may have asbestosis.
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain and tightness in the chest
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Enlarged fingertips or nail deformities
- Lasting dry cough
Symptoms to Look for with Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma has a number of the similar symptoms as asbestosis, including a dry cough or wheezing, difficulty breathing and respiratory troubles, night sweats, muscle weakness, and fluid around the lungs. There may also be pain in the abdomen or chest.
Recognizing these symptoms is important as it could help with the early detection of these serious symptoms. Once you notice a symptom, you should get an X-ray or blood test to help confirm the condition. However, this may be too late to treat as the condition may have spread.
Our mesothelioma attorneys recognize how serious this condition is and what it means for the patient and his or her family. These cases are personal to us and we aim to help those impacted seek the outcome they need and deserve.
At Shrader & Mesothelioma, you’ll find dedicated legal advocates who focus on protecting your best interests throughout the entire process. Trust that we have your needs as our top priority and are ready to stand in your corner every step of the way.
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