If you have held a position at high risk for mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure on the job, you might be beginning to experience severe symptoms of the disease. Mesothelioma symptoms can have a latency period of up to seventy years. It can go undetected for years or decades, and symptoms are often mistaken for those of other respiratory conditions.
This is why it is important to be able to identify the symptoms of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma patients usually experience:
- general difficulty in breathing (dyspnea)
- pain in the chest, or both
- difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- coughing up of blood (hemoptysis).
Over half of patients with pleural mesothelioma have pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest.
An increase in waist size or abdominal pain may be a symptom of the growth of cancer cells in the abdomen and peritoneal mesothelioma.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms after being exposed to asbestos on the job, do not hesitate to talk to a medical professional about your treatment options.