Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos exposure often occurs in workplaces such as construction sites, shipyards, and industries where asbestos was commonly used in the past. The symptoms can vary depending on the type of mesothelioma and its stage, but common signs may include:
Respiratory Issues and Chest Pain
Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or a persistent cough. Pain or discomfort in the chest, often due to the accumulation of fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion).
Fatigue and Weight Loss
Unexplained and persistent fatigue. Unintended weight loss.
Lumps and Swellings
Swellings or lumps in the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) or around the heart (pericardial mesothelioma). If someone experiences these symptoms and has a history of asbestos exposure, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly. Diagnosing mesothelioma often involves a combination of imaging tests (such as X-rays and CT scans) and biopsy to confirm the presence of cancerous cells.
If You Suspect Mesothelioma:
- Consult a Physician
- Provide Medical History
- Undergo Diagnostic Tests
- Develop a Treatment Plan
- Seek Legal Advice
It’s important to note that mesothelioma has a long latency period, often taking several decades to develop after asbestos exposure. Early detection and intervention can significantly improve the chances of effective treatment and a better outcome. If someone suspects they have been exposed to asbestos and is experiencing related symptoms, prompt medical attention is crucial for timely diagnosis and appropriate care.
Resources and Help
There are a number of resources that can help you with this. Please note, you should do your own research on the firms mentioned below, to see whether they are the best fit for you.
Lung Cancer Group
– a source of hope and empowerment for those affected by lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related diseases. The main focus is to provide accurate and helpful information, support, and resources to patients and their loved ones. We created a mesothelioma informational resource to help them better understand their diagnosis, how to find treatment, and all options available to them.
Lanier Law Firm
As you know, asbestos is a dangerous mineral that was extensively used in almost everything up until a couple of decades ago. For this reason, asbestos is still lurking in many places, including building, military products, and even schools. That’s why we wanted to make a guide that details asbestos exposure and the cancer it causes. Check it out: Asbestos Exposure – lanierlawfirm.com/mesothelioma/asbestos-exposure/
The Mesothelioma Center
Information on mesothelioma, its causes and the four types.
The Mesothelioma Veterans Center
– an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting veterans exposed to asbestos during their service. Every branch of the Armed Forces relied on asbestos for decades. As a result, U.S. veterans account for 33% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. The website gives information, how to take action after a diagnosis and to learn about treatment options.