Do You Know the Signs of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that forms from the thin layer of tissue that covers many internal organs. People usually develop it after exposure to asbestos, a material used for construction in most countries prior to the 1980s. In 2013, around 50,000 people were diagnosed mesothelioma, and 34,000 of them died as a result. In the United States alone, about 3,000 people are diagnosed every year. If your house was built before the 1980s, you might have encountered asbestos if the insulation in your building was exposed to air.
How Does Asbestos Exposure Work?
Many people exposed to asbestos breathe it in, as the fibers are small. It is often when the asbestos is disturbed that small pieces of it break away and are inhaled by those nearby who lack the masks used to keep the fibers out of the mouth and eyes of those working with it.
How Can I Tell If I Have Mesothelioma?
If you were exposed to asbestos, you might not know you’ve developed mesothelioma until years after. Early symptoms of pleural mesothelioma can include the following:
- Chest wall pain
- Shortness of breath
- Fluid surrounding the lungs
- Blood in sputum
However, there are several other areas a person could develop mesothelioma, including the abdomen and the heart. Strange masses in the abdomen, abdominal pain, fluid buildup, weight loss, and problems with bowel function can indicate mesothelioma is present in the abdomen. Heart symptoms can include heart weakness or failure, artery blockage, and fluid buildup around the heart.
If you notice any unusual symptoms concerning these three areas of the body, see your doctor immediately. This is especially important if you know you’ve been exposed to asbestos in the past, either in on the job or at home. Contact one of our Dallas personal injury attorneys to discuss your case, as you may be eligible for compensation.