Common Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is challenging to diagnose due to the disease's long incubation period. Sometimes symptoms can appear 50 years after the first asbestos exposure. After many years of asbestos exposure, many workers did not get sick until they retired. Mesothelioma is also challenging to diagnose because its symptoms can resemble common and less severe respiratory illnesses.
Symptoms of mesothelioma include:
Chest pain and persistent cough
Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
Unexplained loss of appetite and weight loss
Fluid in the lungs
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, report these symptoms to your doctor immediately. Your doctor can perform the necessary imaging tests and biopsies. Mesothelioma is incurable, but the earlier it is diagnosed, the more treatment options the patient has.