A mesothelioma diagnosis can come decades after being exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma progresses very slowly, over the course of several decades. Because mesothelioma is so rare, and because some of the symptoms are often present in more common conditions, it may be misdiagnosed or left undiagnosed.
But an early, accurate diagnosis could make all the difference in the life of a mesothelioma victim.
Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma can vary from person to person. And since mesothelioma develops over a long period of time, the first symptoms are often thought to be an indication of another, minor condition: “It’s just a cough.” or“I’m fatigued because I’m just getting old.”
It is important for individuals who have been exposed to asbestos to be aware of the warning signs of mesothelioma. Here are some of them:
- Voice hoarseness
- Shortness of breath
- Problems swallowing
- Chest or lower back pain
- Pain under the rib cage
- Face and/or arm swelling
- Lumps under skin on chest
Additionally, an individual may experience sudden, unexpected weight loss.
Exhibiting one of more of these symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have mesothelioma. However, if you notice one or several of these symptoms, it is important to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Be sure to mention any prior asbestos exposure.
Victims of mesothelioma may be eligible for compensation. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, talk to an attorney who can answer your questions and help you identify your next steps.