Mesothelioma is a deadly disease. It is often caused by asbestos and can prove to be life ending if not diagnosed early. However, an early diagnosis is rare as symptoms of mesothelioma remain hidden until the tumor has rolled out to other parts of the body such as lungs, abdomen, etc.
Mesothelioma develops most of the time in the protective lining of liver or abdomen, and sometimes in tissues around heart or testes.
• Pleural mesothelioma develops in lungs
• peritoneal mesothelioma develops in abdomen
• Pericardial mesothelioma develops in heart
• Testicular mesothelioma develops in testes
Each type has different symptoms; and here is everything that you need to know about those symptoms.
Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma:
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of asbestos cancer; develops in lungs and its symptoms may include:
• Pain in the side of the chest or lower back
• Shortness of breath Fatigue
• Weight loss
• Swelling of the face and arms
• Trouble swallowing
• Excessive sweating
Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma May Include:
• Weight Loss (without trying )
• Loss of Appetite
• Feeling of Fullness
• Abdominal Distention Fatigue
• Abdominal Fluid Buildup
• Bowel Obstruction
• Abdominal Swelling
Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma:
One of the rarest types; often develops in heart and its symptoms may include:
• Shortness of breath when lying flat Fatigue
• Night sweats
• Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
• Difficulty breathing, even when at rest
• Chest pain
Symptoms of Testicular Mesothelioma:
Rarest type of asbestos related cancer. Accounts for only 1 percent of all mesothelioma cases. Only symptom of this type is a formation of lump in testicular area.
When Do Symptoms Of Mesothelioma Appear?
The biggest cause of mesothelioma is exposure to microscopic asbestos particles, and these particles have a latency period of 10-40 years. And sometimes even more. For this reason, symptoms of mesothelioma do not appear on early stages. Even if they do, they are so minor that doctors often confuse them with symptoms of other minor ailments and do not opt for a serious treatment.
Mesothelioma symptoms often emerge after 20-50 years of the exposure and by that time, tumor has already spread to other parts, making it incurable. Hence the late diagnosis and a very low survival rate among the victims.
Only way to avoid malignant mesothelioma is by keeping a close eye on symptoms and consulting a specialist as soon as possible.
Here are signs and symptoms of mesothelioma along with its four types. Keep a close on these symptoms and stay healthy.