Do You Know What to Look For If You’re at Risk of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or (more rarely) swallowed, they tend to linger in the body and may settle in the tissues that line the respiratory and digestive tracts. Decades later—between 30-50 years, in most cases—someone who has been exposed to asbestos may begin to develop mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, and unfortunately there is no cure. Around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with the condition each year. However, because it is both uncommon and difficult to diagnose, many mesothelioma sufferers do not receive the correct diagnosis right away. For this reason, it’s good to know the symptoms if you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos. The sooner you can get a diagnosis, the more can be done to fight the disease.
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Typical Symptoms of Mesothelioma
The symptoms caused by mesothelioma are rather common complaints, meaning they can be easily confused with signs of another health issue. They include:
- Night sweats or unusual sweating
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Blood clots
- Malaise (feeling generally unwell)
Often, it can take months between the onset of symptoms and a mesothelioma diagnosis.