Mesothelioma cancer is a dangerous, deadly disease. Because of its aggressive nature, cancer sometimes winds up causing irreparable internal damage before the afflicted person even realizes he or she is sick. In many cases, mesothelioma takes root after someone inhales dangerous asbestos fibers, which can be found in older building materials, insulation, machines, and more. If you were exposed to asbestos, even for a short period of time, you could be at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer.
In order to prevent this type of situation from happening to you, it’s important to know what signs to look for. If you work in an environment that hosts asbestos, or if you suspect you may have been exposed to asbestos in any way, make sure you know how to spot the telltale signs of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of certain organs, such as the lungs, heart, or any of the abdominal organs. While each case is different, no form of mesothelioma should ever be taken lightly. Although mesothelioma is somewhat rare, an estimated 3,000 new cases are found each year, many of which are the result of asbestos exposure.
There are three distinct types of mesothelioma: pleural, peritoneal, and pericardial. While the vast majority of mesothelioma cases affect the lungs, (pleural mesothelioma), there are still many cases that affect the abdominal organs (peritoneal mesothelioma), and a handful of those that affect the heart, (pericardial mesothelioma). The symptoms of each different strain of mesothelioma differ slightly, though the majority remains the same.
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Night sweats
- Unexplained, sudden weight loss
- Unusual fatigue
- Chest pain or trouble breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
While these symptoms encompass all types of mesothelioma, there are some symptoms unique to pleural mesothelioma, or mesothelioma of the lungs. Individuals with pleural mesothelioma are more likely to have a raspy cough, night sweats, painful breathing, the development of lumps on the chest underneath the skin, and they may cough up blood.
Peritoneal mesothelioma targets the abdominal organs, such as the stomach, intestines, and abdominal wall. This type of cancer can result in anemia, changes in bowel movements, extreme abdominal pain, swelling in the abdominal area, and lumps underneath the skin in the abdominal area.
Less than 5% of all mesothelioma cases are pericardial mesothelioma, but when these cases do occur, they are often quite serious. Pericardial mesothelioma can manifest in very severe symptoms, including heart palpitations, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.
What Should I Do Next?
If you were exposed to asbestos and noticed any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Once diagnosed, your doctor might recommend any number of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. After you’ve received medical attention, you need to contact a knowledgeable mesothelioma attorney to discuss your legal options.
Visit our mesothelioma lawyers at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. online, or call (877) 958-7920 and find out if you have a viable mesothelioma case.