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Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma



Because many of the early signs of mesothelioma are the same as those caused by other problems, most people with mesothelioma have symptoms for at least a few months before they are diagnosed. The American Cancer Society indicates the following symptoms are associated with Mesothelioma. Symptoms associated with respiratory and lungs are Pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest):

  • Pain in the side of the chest or lower back

  • Shortness of breath

  • Cough

  • Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)

  • Hoarseness

  • Swelling of the face and arms

Symptoms associated with the abdomen, stomach and digestion are referred to as Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms.

  • Abdominal (belly) pain

  • Swelling or fluid in the abdomen

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Constipation

Symptoms associated with the heart are referred to as Pericardial mesothelioma symptoms:

  • Chest pain

  • Irregular heart rhythm

  • Heart murmur

  • Shortness of breath

General mesothelioma symptoms can also include:

  • Fever

  • Excessive sweating

  • Fatigue

  • Weight loss (without trying)

  • Blood clots

  • Loss of appetite

These symptoms can be caused by mesothelioma, but more often they are caused by other conditions. However, if you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos or have a loved one that was exposed to asbestos, we suggest you contact your health care provider.

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