Mesothelioma Lawyer, William Kherkher
What to Expect from Mesothelioma: Signs and Symptoms
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that in almost all cases is caused by exposure to asbestos. When this disease develops, malignant cells develop in the mesothelium, which is the protective lining that surrounds most internal organs.
Like any type of cancer, Mesothelioma can develop and spread very quickly, so it is important that this disease is identified and that treatment begins as quickly as possible to prevent serious and long-term damage. In order to do this, individuals (especially those who know they have been exposed to asbestos through work or at home) should familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of the disease in order to identify it and seek treatment as quickly as possible.
Additionally, for individuals diagnosed with Mesothelioma, it can be helpful to know some of the typical and expected symptoms so that any new symptoms do not come as a shock to the patient.
Common Warning Signs of Mesothelioma
In some cases, there can be a period of 20 to 50 years following asbestos exposure before Mesothelioma appears, and so it is important that no one who has had exposure to asbestos assumes that he / she is safe just because symptoms have not yet appeared.
For cases of pleural Mesothelioma, fluid accumulates in the pleural space and can cause:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
If Mesothelioma presents in the peritonea, the disease can cause:
- Weight loss
- Cachexia (abdominal swelling due to buildup of fluid)
- Bowel obstruction
- Blood clotting
While more serious and complicated symptoms may arise as the cancer progresses, these signs and symptoms are usually a good initial indicator of Mesothelioma in individuals that have been exposed to asbestos.
Contact a Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, contact the Mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at 800-781-3955 to schedule a consultation.