Mesothelioma is an extremely nasty and permanent cancer that infects the membrane surrounding most internal organs. It is also a very subtle form of cancer providing only a few noticeable symptoms until it becomes extremely advanced. The most common type of mesothelioma is called pleural mesothelioma. It causes shortness of breath and/or chronic coughing that can easily be mixed up with allergies or a common cold. In many cases mesothelioma is discovered by accident when patients are looking into these symptoms.
Other symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
- Chest Pain
- Chronic coughing that worsens over time
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Lung infection
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
75% of all mesothelioma cases are Pleural mesothelioma. Another type is called Peritoneal mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the lining around the stomach and intestines and can be just as dangerous and deadly.
Symptoms of Peritoneal mesothelioma include:
- Pain or swelling in the abdomen
- Weight loss
- Bowel obstruction – blockage in the small / large intestine
- Anemia – reduction in number of red blood cells
High risk groups such as asbestos and construction workers must undergo frequent check-ups to monitor any conditions leading to mesothelioma. Because this cancer is so deadly, early diagnosis and treatment can help prolong life, but the mortality rate is usually 100% within five years.