Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is most often diagnosed after a patient goes to a doctor because of symptoms. If there is a reason to suspect you may have mesothelioma, your doctor will use one or more tests to find out if the disease is present. Symptoms might suggest that a person may have mesothelioma, but tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma

Early symptoms of mesotheliomas are not specific to the disease, and people often ignore them or mistake them for common, minor ailments. Most people with mesothelioma have symptoms for a few months before they are diagnosed, although in some people this is longer.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) can include:
· Pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest
· Shortness of breath
· Cough
· Fever
· Sweating
· Fatigue
· Weight loss
· Trouble swallowing
· Hoarseness
· Swelling of the face and arms
· Muscle weakness

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma can include:

· Abdominal (belly) pain
· Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
· Weight loss
· Nausea and vomiting

The symptoms and signs above may be caused by mesothelioma, but they are more often caused by other conditions. Still, if you have any of these problems (especially if have been exposed to asbestos), it's important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.

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