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Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma symptoms do not often develop until years or even decades after exposure to asbestos. Sadly this harmful substance wreaks silent havoc on the body, not producing any symptoms of disease until cancer or some other serious illness has developed.

Pleural mesothelioma symptoms
Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms
Pericardial mesothelioma symptoms
  • Persistent dry or raspy cough (usually non-productive with little or no phlegm)
  • Coughing up blood
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Night sweats or fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent pain in the chest or rib area, or painful breathing
  • Shortness of breath that occurs even when at rest
  • The appearance of lumps under the skin on the chest
  • Night sweats or fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Swelling or pain in the abdomen
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea, constipation or any change in bowel habits or regularity
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • The appearance of lumps under the skin on the abdomen
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing, even when resting (dyspnea)
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Generalized and unexplainable fatigue

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms that are typically associated with mesothelioma, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to diagnose or rule out this condition. Many other health problems produce similar symptoms. If you do have mesothelioma, the sooner you find out the better the outlook.