If you inhaled asbestos or asbestos-containing materials, you may be concerned about developing mesothelioma, a type of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs when someone inhales asbestos. The lungs or abdomen trap the material, which lies dormant for decades before showing symptoms. The first signs of mesothelioma depend on the type: pleural, peritoneal, or pericardial.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma and it is found in the lungs. Between 60 and 70% of all mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma. The most common first signs of pleural mesothelioma are as follows:
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty taking breaths
- Faint or harsh breathing
- Dry cough
- Fluid buildup around the lungs
- Coughing up blood
- Blood clotting disorders
- Body aches
Discovering and addressing these issues can vastly improve your medical prognosis and give you more options for treatments that are not available at later stages of the disease. An exposure to asbestos may put you at risk for mesothelioma. If this scenario applies to you, you may want to watch for these symptoms.
Always let your doctor know that you had exposure to asbestos so that they can keep a watchful eye while reading any results or diagnosing any symptoms.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common type of mesothelioma. It can include the following signs as first symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Feeling of fullness
- Abdominal swelling
- Abdominal fluid buildup (ascites)
- Bowel obstruction
The treatment for peritoneal mesothelioma is chemotherapy drugs. You can also treat it with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). These new advances in treatments can help people live much longer than older mesothelioma statistics indicate.
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Pericardial mesothelioma is a rare type of mesothelioma. It affects less than 1% of all mesothelioma patients. This asbestos-related cancer forms around the lining of the heart called the pericardium. The first signs of pericardial mesothelioma relate to the thickening of the pericardium. Pericardial mesothelioma can make it more difficult for the heart to pump effectively. The most common first signs of pericardial mesothelioma include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Heart murmurs
- Heart palpitations or arrhythmias
Testicular mesothelioma is a rare type of mesothelioma that affects less than 1% of all patients. The most common symptoms for this type of mesothelioma include:
- Lump in the scrotum
- Testicular pain
- Swollen testes
Your First Steps After Noticing Symptoms of Mesothelioma
If you have any of the signs or symptoms listed above, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The sooner a patient is diagnosed, the better prognosis and life expectancy they will have.
Coping with the signs and symptoms of mesothelioma can be challenging. Make sure to follow these steps to give yourself a better opportunity to encourage your health and wellness during this time.
- Healthy eating: Make sure to eat a nutritious diet full of fruits and vegetables for nourishment, strength, and energy.
- Alternative medicine: Explore alternative therapies, such as holistic doctors, acupuncture, and mind-body therapies to ease stress, and manage pain and anxiety.
- Expert opinion: Always get second and third opinions from mesothelioma specialists.
- Support network: Find a strong support system in your family, friends, or a support group to help you cope during this time.
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Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you suffered prior exposure to asbestos, you may have the right to receive compensation for your condition. Many companies knew beforehand that their products contained asbestos and failed to warn people of the dangers. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn your rights and legal options.
The initial consultation is free, and we handle cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay no upfront fees and owe us no attorney’s fees unless and until you win your case.