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Recognizing the symptoms of mesothelioma

If you experienced asbestos exposure, you might worry about developing mesothelioma. It can be confusing because other conditions can present similar symptoms. Mesothelioma symptoms can also take years to develop. Because of these reasons, many people mistake mesothelioma for other diseases or dismiss it outright.

It is important to be aware of the signs of this tumor so you can seek treatment and compensation sooner than later. Below you will find the early and late-stage symptoms of mesothelioma. 

Early symptoms

First, it is important to note that these are symptoms of pleural mesothelioma, which affects the linings of lungs and is a result of inhaling asbestos particles. Signs include:

  • Chest pain
  • Chronic coughing
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Pain or swelling of the abdomen
  • Difficulty breathing

Many people may mistake these symptoms for issues related to other conditions, such as the flu, pneumonia or lung cancer. If you notice these symptoms, it is important to have a doctor check you out to determine the root cause.

Signs it has spread

Unfortunately, sometimes doctors do not catch a mesothelioma diagnosis until it has significantly progressed beyond the original tumor. When mesothelioma metastasizes, it can result in coughing up blood and paralysis of the voice box, causing hoarseness, eye problems and various nerve issues.

Factors affecting onset of symptoms

Symptoms of mesothelioma develop at different times for people. For example, someone with consistent exposure to asbestos over a long period of time may develop symptoms earlier than someone with only a single exposure. The amount of asbestos inhaled may also affect how quickly symptoms appear. The exact type of asbestos also plays a role.

You are particularly at risk for mesothelioma if you worked at a job with asbestos exposure. Talk to your doctor if you experienced exposure to asbestos or if you notice any of these symptoms. Visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine website for more information.

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Ben Schmitt

Attorney Ben Schmitt

Mr. Schmitt has over 25 years of legal experience in Missouri and Kansas, and he has been first chair in over 100 jury trials in state and federal courts. He is recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal, Super Lawyers, and Martindale Hubbell as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Missouri and Kansas.