Mesothelioma Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of Mesothelioma?

Signs of Mesothelioma

During the early stages of this asbestos related disease, the cancer presents as small lumps in the lining of the lungs and does not show on scans or x-rays. At this early stage, the disease is unlikely to cause any symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma then you may be able to claim compensation for this industrial disease. Talk to our Mesothelioma Compensation Claims Team to find out how they can help and support you during this difficult time.

Key Information:

Mesothelioma symptoms

As it progresses, mesothelioma usually causes general symptoms:

  • tiredness
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite, and
  • weight loss

As the asbestos related disease progresses further, mesothelioma symptoms become apparent such as:

  • chest pain, and
  • shortness of breath

Often due to a combination of factors:

  • the lining of the lung thickens and can act like a rind around the lung that restricts lung movement and prevent lung expansion
  • the mesothelioma disease can extend into the tissues around the lung, including nerves and bone, and this can cause severe pain
  • fluid may also accumulate around the lung which can restrict lung expansion

Case Example

Asbestos dust victim passes away all too soon

Mr M was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres during his employment with his local City Council during removal works performed in the late 60s and early 70s. Asbestos had been removed from boilers and pipe work in the boiler room at a local school and he was present during the works. The work also involved removing old paintwork covered with asbestos and also the asbestos surrounding the old boiler. He was able to see dust in the air when the asbestos was being stripped off. He was not warned to avoid the area, nor was he provided with any respiratory protection whatsoever.

Almost 40 years later, Mr M starting experiencing severe shortness of breath and chest pains. He consulted his GP who referred him to a chest physician who diagnosed him with mesothelioma. Sadly, his health deteriorated very rapidly and he passed away as a result of the disease within 3 months of his diagnosis.

Mr M’s son and personal representative to his estate sought to bring a claim for compensation on behalf of his late father. Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors secured £50,000 in compensation for his family.

Think you are developing mesothelioma symptoms?

If you have concerns that you may be suffering from this asbestos related illness, or you have experienced some or all of the mesothelioma symptoms above, you should seek medical advice immediately. You should consult with your GP who will refer you to a specialist, if appropriate, who will be able to advise you on a treatment programme.

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If you have mesothelioma symptoms or have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma you could be entitled to compensation. Please call our Asbestos Disease Team on freephone: 0808 129 3320 or use our free, no obligation, online enquiry form to register for a call back.

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Gavin Evans | Partner &  Head of Industrial Disease | Simpson Millar LLP

Gavin Evans
Partner, Head of Industrial Disease

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