With many types of cancer, including mesothelioma, early treatment can be a life-saver. The sooner the disease is identified and treatment begins, the better your odds of recovery.
Unfortunately, many of the signs and symptoms are subtle or do not become apparent until the disease has progressed significantly. That’s why it’s so important to spot these red flags and warning signs at the earliest possible date. You can then meet with a medical professional to see if you have mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease.
Common symptoms of mesothelioma per the Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic is one of the most respected medical centers in the world, so we’ll take a look at some of the symptoms of mesothelioma that they note you should watch out for. These include:
- A cough that is painful and does not go away in time
- Painful swelling
- Lumps under the skin
- Weight loss with no apparent cause
- Having trouble breathing
- General pain in the chest or abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
It does matter where the disease is located. For instance, pleural mesothelioma is in the lungs and tissues in the area surrounding the lungs, while peritoneal mesothelioma is in your abdomen.
As always, you also want to pay attention to whether or not the symptoms get worse. As the disease progresses, it can spread significantly. But spotting these signs as soon as you can is the best way to get treatment in time.
Do you deserve compensation?
If you do have mesothelioma due to your exposure to asbestos, you may deserve financial compensation, so you must know what legal steps to take next.