5 Common Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that’s almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.
In fact, asbestos is the cause in at least 90% of mesothelioma cases, and there’s no known cure for the condition. Mesothelioma usually affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma).
Our Personal Injury Solicitors have successfully represented many workers who were exposed to asbestos in claims for mesothelioma compensation and we offer extensive support to our mesothelioma clients.
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What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma consists of a tumour which grows around the lung/abdomen, causing a number of symptoms. But what are the warning signs that might suggest you have mesothelioma?
Common Mesothelioma Symptoms include:
Pain - People with mesothelioma will invariably suffer pain at some point. This depends on which type of mesothelioma you have. With pleural mesothelioma the pain will be in the chest, side or back, whereas with peritoneal mesothelioma, the pain will be around the abdomen. Towards the end, the level of pain you suffer can become very severe and require extremely strong painkillers, usually morphine.
Breathlessness - This is a common symptom particularly with pleural mesothelioma and is often one of the first symptoms that people report. This gets worse as the tumour progresses, making it difficult to walk a reasonable distance and even move around. Breathlessness and pain is also frequently caused by a build-up of fluid around the lung. This can be drained, leading to an improvement in the breathlessness.
Fatigue - Mesothelioma sufferers frequently suffer from tiredness and a lack of energy, but find it difficult to sleep at night. This increases the tiredness they’re feeling, as the body is already trying to fight the cancer, the pain and breathlessness.
Weight Loss - Mesothelioma sufferers often experience a loss of appetite, so can usually lose weight quite dramatically. The emotional impact of being diagnosed with a terminal cancer and the stress of the body caused by the pain can also affect a person’s weight.
Night Sweats - Another common symptom is profuse sweating, particularly at night, which means the bedding may need changing more often than normal.
How to Diagnose Mesothelioma
Diagnosing mesothelioma can be quite difficult, and is often only confirmed after a person’s death at post-mortem. However, mesothelioma can be diagnosed following chest X-rays, a CT scan and often a biopsy.
If you know you’ve been exposed to asbestos in the past and notice any of the symptoms listed above, then you need to speak to your GP as soon as possible, so further investigations can be carried out.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to claim compensation. Our Personal Injury Solicitors can help you make a claim against your former employer’s insurers, and there’s also a government scheme that can help if the insurers of a dissolved company can’t be traced.
The compensation you receive could have a huge impact on your quality of life. Not only will you be able to feel that justice has been done, you will also be able to cover the costs of your various care and support needs.
Compensation can help with many expenses, from the cost of private carers to a special chair, bed and other adaptions for your home to make you more comfortable.
For more information see Asbestos Claims FAQ.
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