Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a difficult cancer to diagnose. While the main risk factor in developing mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, the time between initial exposure and conclusive diagnosis can range anywhere from 20 to 50 years. Mesothelioma takes a long time to develop, and the symptoms of the disease do not typically present themselves until the disease has progressed to later stages. Early signs of mesothelioma can be easily mistaken for common, everyday ailments. As a result, early symptoms such as fatigue, cough, muscle weakness, fever and night sweats are often ignored, dismissed, or misdiagnosed. While symptomatic patients can go undiagnosed for as many as six months, it is common for patients to be diagnosed after two to three months of symptom onset.

Common Warning Signs and Symptoms of Mesothelioma

  • Anemia
  • Blood Clotting Disorder
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up blood
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Peritoneal Effusion
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Weight loss