Can Mesothelioma Be Caught Early?
Malignant mesothelioma is rare, and unfortunately, there are no recommended screening procedures available for people who are not considered at high risk. Symptoms of mesothelioma can take between 20 and 50 years to develop, so early detection is not typically seen. However, if you know that you've been exposed to asbestos, there are some screening tests and other ways to find mesothelioma in its early stages. Learn your options.
What are the Risk Factors of Developing Mesothelioma?
In addition to asbestos exposure, someone may be more likely to develop mesothelioma if they are associated with the following top risk factors:
- The individual is older (2 out of 3 people with mesothelioma are 65 years or older)
- The individual is male (men are more likely to develop mesothelioma than women)
- The individual has been exposed to radiation (high doses of radiation has been linked to mesothelioma)
- The individual has been exposed to zeolites ( minerals chemically related to asbestos)
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What Screening Tests are Used to Detect Mesothelioma?
If you are considered high risk, your doctor may recommend having regular imaging tests to detect changes in your lungs that indicate the presence of mesothelioma. According to the American Cancer Society, people with mesothelioma have a higher level of fibulin-3 and soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRPs) in their blood. Ask your doctor about blood tests that may help detect mesothelioma early.
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Learning you have mesothelioma is devastating and overwhelming news. Facing a mesothelioma diagnosis means undergoing many treatments and therapies that can take a toll on you mentally, physically, and financially. You have the right to pursue compensation if you've been exposed to asbestos that caused your mesothelioma. When you need help with a mesothelioma claim, we are here to guide you through the process and support you every step of the way. A mesothelioma lawsuit can help you obtain financial stability when going through a difficult time.
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