Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer with a very long latency period.  This means that a person can develop mesothelioma decades after they have been exposed to asbestos.  Because of the long latency period of mesothelioma cancer, most patients receive a mesothelioma diagnosis when the disease is very advanced. 

The symptoms of this asbestos-related cancer are usually mild at the start: many patients mistake them for a common cold or flu.  If you have been exposed to asbestos on a Florida jobsite, it is important that you become aware of the symptoms of mesothelioma.  Also, make sure to let your doctor know about your asbestos exposure so that he or she can closely monitor your health for mesothelioma symptoms.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our Florida mesothelioma lawyers may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation.  For a free asbestos mesothelioma claim evaluation, contact our Florida mesothelioma law firm.  We offer:

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Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

Peritoneal Mesothelioma Symptoms

Pericardial Mesothelioma Symptoms

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of the victim’s lungs and is the most common form of mesothelioma cancer.  When pleural mesothelioma sets in, the cells that line the victim’s lungs begin to divide at an abnormally rapid rate, building up to create excess fluid, scar tissue and tumors that inhibit lung function.  If you have been exposed to inhaled asbestos, you should be aware of the following pleural mesothelioma symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Persistent pain while breathing or chest pain
  • Lumps under the skin on the chest
  • Persistent, dry, or raspy cough

Symptoms of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

When the mesothelial (lining) cells of a patient’s abdomen, or peritoneum, are affected by mesothelioma, he or she has peritoneal mesothelioma.  Roughly 30 percent of all mesothelioma patients have peritoneal mesothelioma cancer, which is usually a result of swallowed asbestos.  Below are some of the most common symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma:

  • Lumps under the abdominal skin
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Change in bowel habits or regularity

Symptoms of Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial (“around the heart”) mesothelioma affects the lining of a patient’s heart, and accounts for roughly 5 percent of all mesothelioma diagnoses.  As this form of mesothelioma cancer is very rare, not many pericardial mesothelioma symptoms have been documented.  Some of the known pericardial mesothelioma symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart palpitations

Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney in Florida

If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos in Florida and are now experiencing the above-mentioned mesothelioma symptoms, it is best to have these symptoms checked by a doctor immediately to rule out mesothelioma.  If, in fact, a mesothelioma diagnosis is made, you need to know that Florida mesothelioma victims are often eligible to file suit against the parties responsible for their exposure to asbestos.  In Florida, asbestos has been used at a number of jobsites where the business owners were fully aware of the dangers this mineral posed to their employees.  If mesothelioma has changed your life, you may be entitled to collect compensation for medical bills, funeral costs, and other expenses associated with mesothelioma cancer.  For more information, contact a Florida mesothelioma attorney.