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What are the signs of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an often-fatal type of cancer that can be caused by exposure to asbestos. It typically presents itself in older patients, but it can be found in younger patients, as well. It is a very aggressive disease in the later stages, though many people overlook early symptoms. Medical professionals claim that a lot of people suffer from symptoms for months, at the least, before getting an official diagnosis.

As such, it is important to know what symptoms to watch out for. In general, a few of the main ones include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Blood clots
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Loss of appetite

The type and location also makes a difference. For instance, in addition to the symptoms listed above, pleural mesothelioma can lead to chest pain, back pain, cough, shortness of breath, swelling, and trouble swallowing. Peritoneal mesothelioma, on the other hand, may lead to abdominal pain, constipation, vomiting, nausea, and abdominal swelling.

There is often a large delay -- decades, in many instances -- between the asbestos exposure and the onset of the disease. This is why people sometimes do not connect the two events or perhaps thinks that the exposure did them no harm, when the reality is that they just have not yet seen the signs and symptoms of that harm. Cancer in any form can be deadly without proper treatment, but mesothelioma is one of the most dangerous ones that exists.

If you get diagnosed with cancer or any other related ailments because of asbestos, make sure you are well aware of the legal options you have.

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