Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that develops in the thin lining of organs. The cancer commonly starts in the linings of the lungs and can spread to other organs such as the abdomen.
If you are worried that you or a loved one has mesothelioma, make sure that you have a good understanding of the symptoms as well as the known causes. It’s always important that you seek advice from a medical professional so that they can make a full assessment.
What are the most common symptoms of mesothelioma?
The specific symptoms of mesothelioma depend on where the cancer occurs. Pleural mesothelioma is the type of mesothelioma that occurs in the lungs, which is the most common form. Symptoms commonly include chest pain, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss or unusual lumps under the skin on your chest.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the type of mesothelioma that occurs in the lining of the abdomen. Common symptoms include abdominal pain and swelling, nausea and unexplained weight loss.
The full range of symptoms of mesothelioma are not known because mesothelioma in other organs are very rare. However, if you have any symptoms that worry you, you should make sure to see a doctor.
What are the known causes of mesothelioma?
The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural mineral that is now known to be toxic to humans. Before the danger of asbestos was fully known, it was used widely in insulation, flooring and many other products. This means that those who worked in factories, the Navy or in the construction industry in the past have a high likelihood of being exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos is dangerous because when particles are inhaled, they can settle in the lungs or in the stomach. Over time, these fibers can cause irritation which could lead to certain health issues, including the development of mesothelioma. You may have been exposed to asbestos without knowing it. You should, therefore, consider your personal history of potential asbestos exposure as well as the likelihood of secondhand exposure through close family members.
If you are worried that you or your loved one has mesothelioma, make sure to seek medical attention. If diagnosis occurs, you may be able to make a claim for damages against past employers.