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Mesothelioma Symptoms  

 

Mesothelioma can remain dormant in your body for many years before showing its existential signs and symptoms. The moment you feel a symptom of the disease, the cancer has already invaded and damaged the mesothelium tissue, and sometimes certain organs of your body. Most of times, at least 20 years must elapse between the first exposure and the development of mesothelioma symptoms. You can spend up to 40 years after exposure to asbestos before the development of asbestosis or mesothelioma.  In fact, when symptoms finally occur, they can easily be confused with symptoms of allergies or a common cold. Mesothelioma is often discovered when patients think they have a flu or cold.  In addition, mesothelioma symptoms slightly vary depending on the organ affected. 

Pleural mesothelioma, affecting the lining of pleura or lung, can cause:  

  • chest pain 
  • fatigue 
  • chronic cough 
  • bloody sputum  
  • wheezing  
  • hoarseness 
  • shortness of breath  
  • Unreasonable weight loss.  

Peritoneal mesothelioma, affecting the lining around the stomach and intestines, can cause: 

  • fever 
  • anemia 
  • bowel obstruction  
  • abdominal pain and swelling  
  • diarrhea or constipation 
  • Unreasonable weight loss.  

Pericardial mesothelioma tends to cause: 

  • fatigue 
  • difficulty breathing 
  • wheezing
  • Hoarseness. 

 

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