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The Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma



A form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, mesothelioma is commonly linked to prolonged exposure to asbestos. This is a very serious form of cancer and dramatically reduces life expectancy in sufferers. One of the reasons behind the high fatality rate amongst mesothelioma sufferers is the latency period of the disease, as two or more decades can pass between the time of exposure and the onset of symptoms.


One of the several forms of this cancer is pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining around the lungs and the wall of the chest. This is the most common of the different variations and the average life expectancy upon diagnosis of this form of the disease is just one year.


What are the symptoms of this form of mesothelioma?


The number of cases of this type of cancer is expected to peak over the coming years, as more and more people who worked with asbestos when it was widely used begin to see the onset of symptoms. Those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma may be able to make mesothelioma compensation claims and these are also likely to spike over the coming years, in line with the increase in diagnosed cases.


If you have ever worked with or been exposed to asbestos, it is advisable to be aware of the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. Common symptoms of this disease include:


Shortness of breath

Persistent coughing

Facial swelling and swelling of the neck

Difficulties in swallowing

Coughing up blood


Loss of weight

Hoarseness of the voice

Increased fatigue and loss of energy

Loss of appetite


One important thing to note is that the symptoms of this form of the cancer can be very similar to symptoms of more common, less dangerous health issues, which can make diagnosing the disease very difficult. The non-specific nature of the symptoms means that doctors may inadvertently attribute them to another health problem, which could lead to you receiving the wrong treatment. It also means that even more time passes before you can get the treatment you need for the disease.


With this in mind, it is important to let your doctor know that you have worked with asbestos or have been exposed to this toxic substance in the past. Your doctor will then have a far better chance of making a speedy, accurate diagnosis, which means that appropriate treatment can be arranged.


Unfortunately, by the time the symptoms of pleural mesothelioma present themselves, the cancer is already in its later stages. This is why the life expectancy of those who are diagnosed with the cancer is often so short, as by the time it is diagnosed it is already at a very advanced stage.


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