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Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma: Signs and Symptoms

Many of the early symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to those likely caused by other problems, so people may initially ignore them or mistake them for a common minor ailment. Most people with mesothelioma have symptoms for at least a few months before being diagnosed.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) symptoms

  • Pain in the one side of the chest or lower back
  • Feeling Shortness of breath
  • Repeated Cough
  • Trouble while swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  • Hoarseness
  • Unusual Swelling seen in face and arms

Symptoms of Peritoneal mesothelioma

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fluid or swelling in the abdomen
  • vomiting and Nausea
  • Constipation

Symptoms of Pericardial mesothelioma

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Heart murmur
  • Shortness of breath

General mesothelioma symptoms

  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss (without trying)
  • Blood clots
  • Loss of appetite

Symptoms of malignant mesothelioma often depend on the patient’s stage of cancer and the type of cancer they have. There are several types of mesothelioma and each has its own unique symptoms. Common symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include shortness of breath, chest pain, and a buildup of chest fluid. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include abdominal pain, bloating, and weight loss.

What causes mesothelioma?

In adults, the main cause of mesothelioma is previous exposure to asbestos fibers and dust. Between 70% and 80% of people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos, mostly through work. It takes more than 20 years for symptoms to appear.

In smaller numbers, people developed mesothelioma after exposure to similar minerals such as silica and erionite. Irionite is a type of mineral (zeolite) associated with mesothelioma.

Scientists also check whether your genes contribute to your risk of developing mesothelioma. This is because only a small number of people exposed to asbestos have developed mesothelioma.

Scientists are also looking at other causes, including exposure to chemicals, viral infections, and radiation. In addition, radiotherapy is associated with childhood mesothelioma.

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